It's time to pack shoe box gifts and tell your friends! National Collection Week is November 14-21. To find your nearest drop off location in Montgomery, Ramer, or Tallassee, as well as a list of items to pack, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Operation Christmas Child uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know that they are loved.  Kids, families, groups, businesses and schools pack and wrap empty shoe box gifts with items most people take for granted, including toothpaste, toys, and pencils, and drop them off at one of the five collection sites in our area. The shoe boxes are then processed and prepared to be hand-delivered to children worldwide using whatever means necessary--sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, elephants and dog sleds.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected 86 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to needy children in more than 130 countries. This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 8.5 million gift-filled shoe boxes, with 24,000 coming from South Central Alabama.

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