Operation Christmas Child drop off site planned in Middleport

Staff Report

MIDDLEPORT — Later this month Hope Baptist Church 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. 12-19.

Nov. 12-19, Meigs County families, churches and groups will be busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts of hope filled with fun 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. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, area residents will collect simple shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child South East Ohio Team Student Relations Coordinator Rhonda Beery shared, “One of the things I like most about packing shoeboxes is the impact it makes in a child’s life and how the love of Jesus is shared.”

Hope Baptist Church Drop Off Team Leader Bronwyn Williams invites the community to experience the joy that packing a simple shoebox gift brings. Operation Christmas Child materials and empty shoeboxes may be picked up locally at the church during Drop-off hours.

Hope Baptist Church, 570 Grant Street, Middleport will have drop off hours as follows:

Monday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 937 374-0761 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.

Staff Report