2009-10-22 / Local & State

Operation Christmas Child Begins November 16

South-Central Pennsylvania hopes to collect 30,000 gift-filled shoe boxes November 16-23 for the World’s Larget Christmas Project.

Local volunteers are collecting simple shoe box gifts personally packed by children, families, churches, schools, civic clubs and other organizations here in the McConnellsburg area.

One of the things that make OCC so special is its emphasis on kids helping kids. This project provides a simple, tangible way for children and teenagers to join adults in introducing children to the eternal joy, hope and life found in Jesus Christ.

The shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary – truck, boat, plane, camels, even dog sleds – to reach suffering children around the world. In 2008, with the participation of many caring individuals and groups, Operation Christmas Child touched the lives of more than 7.9 million children in over 120 countries.

Right now all can join the effort to help the world’s largest Christmas project hand-deliver more than 8 million personalized gift-filled shoe boxes to children around the world suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 1-800-694- 8179 or www.samaritanspurse.org. National collection week is November 16-23.

The local collection site is My Father’s House, 1635 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, PA 17233, Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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