Local curbside drop-off site to open for Operation Christmas Child

Curbside locations make shoebox drop-off easy. (Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse)

MENDOTA - Mendota will be among more than 4,000 locations offering a curbside drop-off option for this year’s Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project that everyone can continue being a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions.

There is still time for individuals, families, and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the ‘How to Pack a Shoebox’ at https://samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ .

“In the midst of the pandemic, the needs are greater than ever before,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope. A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Mendota drop off

Locally, shoeboxes may be dropped off at Victory Baptist Church, 505 W. 7th Ave., Mendota during the following times:

Monday, Nov. 16: 5:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17: 5:30-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m.-noon

Thursday, Nov. 19: 5:30-8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20: 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21: 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Nov. 22: 1-4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 23: 9-11 a.m.

Build a Shoebox Online

Another option is to Build a Shoebox Online. With just a few clicks, an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift can be packed online for a boy or girl in need around the world. Simply select toys and other fun items to include from an array of choices offered, and personalize your gift with your own letter and photo. The gift will be packed for you and sent on its way for a suggested donation of $25.

Christmas Child is making adjustments during its National Collection Week. Visit the organization’s ‘Important COVID-19 Updates’ webpage for the latest information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. The program is a project of Samaritan’s Purse and together with the local church worldwide, seeks to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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