In November, 12 locations within the greater St. Louis area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.
This annual Christmas project is a favorite for many residents, families, churches and groups, who want to help spread the season’s joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.
St. Louis Area OCC Coordinator Vicki Stamps describes Operation Christmas Child as “a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances.”
Utilizing local drop-off sites, St. Louis residents hope to contribute more than 40,325 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2014 global goal of reaching 10 million children living in poverty, disease and war.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in over 150 countries. For many of these children, this gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
In West County, donations are being collected at West Hills Community Church, 13250 S. Outer 40 Road in Town & Country, on the following dates:
Monday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (314) 838-0462 or visit samaritanspurse.org.
For additional information on West Hills Community Church’s collection times, call OCC Coordinator Sharon Johnson at (314) 604-0434.
National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 17-24; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.
Participants also can build a shoebox through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries. Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their boxes online and discover the country to which their gifts will be delivered to children in need. To register a shoebox gift, use the online donation form at samaritanspurse.org.