Local church to serve as drop-off for Christmas charity

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Fayette Bible Church in Washington Court House will serve as a drop-off location for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 14 – 21, Washington Court House residents will donate shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball—for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world. This year, Washington Court House and surrounding cities residents hope to contribute more than 14,200 shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“The shoebox gifts donated by Washington Court House volunteers will serve as tangible expressions of God’s love to children living in poverty overseas,” said volunteer Barb Lanctot. “Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances feel loved and not forgotten.”

The drop-off location in Washington C.H. will be Fayette Bible Church, 1315 Dayton Ave. Northwest. Drop-off times are as follows:

Mon, Nov. 14: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tue, Nov. 15: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wed, Nov. 16: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 17: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 18: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 20: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Mon, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hours are subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (937) 374-0761 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and 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 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

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