Operation Christmas Child drop-off locations announced

This child receives his Operation Christmas Child shoebox at Heaven’s Kingdom Christian School in San Lorenzo, Paraguay.

CAMBRIDGE — Four churches in the Mid-Shore area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12 to 19.

Mid-Shore families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

This year, area residents hope to collect more than 20,081 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director Mesfin Abera. “These simple gifts show God’s love to children facing difficult circumstances.”

The following churches are collection sites. For drop-off times, contact the church.

• Talbot Bible Church, 9114 Chapel Road, Easton. 410-822-1110.

• Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 205 Maryland Ave., Cambridge. 410-228-1424.

• Immanuel United Methodist Church, 102 School House Lane, Grasonville. 410-827-6361.

• New Life Wesleyan Church, 13699 Greensboro Road, Greensboro. 410-482-6897.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 410-772-7360, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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