Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Collecting for Operation Christmas Child

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014

Area churches are teaming up again this fall to collect filled shoeboxes as part of Operation Christmas Child. This is the seventh year for the project in Huntington, a program of Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse Charitable Organization.

Locally, College Park Church, located at 1936 College Ave. in Huntington, is the drop-off point for the shoe boxes. The cardboard boxes can be picked up at the church, filled with health supplies, school items and toys and then returned, filled the week of November 17 to November 24. The boxes will then be taken to Fort Wayne and loaded onto a semi-truck and shipped to North Carolina, where they will be taken by Graham to children in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.

The community is invited to participate in filling up the shoeboxes. Suggested items include: small toys and stuffed animals, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and washcloth, comb, Band Aids and other health items, pencils, pencil sharpener, extra erasers, notebook, rulers, stickers and other school supplies, socks, flip flops, gloves, hats, Chapstick, small storage containers, sewing kit, hair items, jewelry, purses, bowl and/or cups and baby blankets.

Do not include used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; out-of-date hard candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers and aerosol cans.

For more information on the Operation Christmas Child shoebox project call the church at 356-2642 or Phyllis Stouder at (260) 344-1486 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.