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Steubenville, Wellsburg sites are announced for Operation Christmas Child

November 10, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

While some people in the United States are preparing for holiday activities, local volunteers with Operation Christmas Child - the world's largest Christmas project of its kind - are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.

This year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect 750 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, which runs Monday through Nov. 19.

Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Steubenville-area collection site. Then, using whatever means necessary - trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants - the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world, according to a press release.

There are two local collection sites. One is First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

Collection dates and times are: Nov. 12-15, all four days from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Nov. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Nov. 18 from noon to 2 p.m.; and Nov. 19 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Jaclyn Walters is the collection site coordinator and can be reached by calling (740) 282-4591.

The other local collection site is at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church located at 1340 Washington Pike, Wellsburg.

Collection dates and times there are: Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sharon Jackson is the collection site coordinator and can be contacted at (304) 737-0186.

Additional local collection sites can be found using the online zip code locator at the website www.samaritanspurse.org.

In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone - collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993. During that time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries, according to the news release.

This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes.

For information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Although the National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 12-19, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan's Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.

 
 

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