U.S. Opens 4,500 Drop-Off Locations for Global Children’s Christmas Charity

U.S. Volunteers to Collect 12 Million Shoebox Gifts for Children in Need

More than 4,500 businesses, churches and groups will serve as collection sites this year for the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child—the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 14 – 21, U.S. residents will donate shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball—for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world. This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach 12 million children.

"The shoebox gifts donated by volunteers will shine a light of hope to children living in poverty overseas," said Randy Riddle, domestic director for Operation Christmas Child. "Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances to feel loved and not forgotten."

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to find the nearest collection site, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and 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 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

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