MIDDLEPORT — This month, Hope Baptist Church in Middleport 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. 18-25.
November 18-25, 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 in need. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.
This year, Meigs County-area residents hope to collect precious shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.
“We invite you to come to Hope Baptist Church during National Collection Week to pick up an extra shoebox, or a few, to pack with love and simple gifts,” said Middleport volunteer Bronwyn Williams, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for more than 10 years. “We look forward to providing the community with a convenient shoebox delivery area at the church entrance by the driveway.”
The drop-off location is Hope Baptist Church, 570 Grant Street, Middleport, Ohio.
Operating hours: are Monday, Nov. 18- Sunday, Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m. each day and Monday, Nov. 25, 9-11 a.m.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call Southern Ohio Area Team Coordinator Sherrie Klingaman at 740 395-6468, 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 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.