2012-11-07 / Local & State

Operation Christmas Child Set For Nov. 12-19

Shoeboxes should be dropped off at My Father’s House church
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

Collection week for Operation Christmas Child has been set for November 12- 19 this year, according to information released from the Samaritan’s Purse organization and from local coordinator Dixie Henry. Once again, shoeboxes will be collected locally at My Father’s House Ministries Church. Those interested in participating in the shoebox program should note that the church is located at 1635 Lincoln Way East (one mile east of Mc- Connellsburg off old Route 30).

The Operation Christmas Child project has been sponsored annually by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief since 1993 when 28,000 shoebox gifts were collected. Since its inception, the program has reached more than 100 million children. Operation Christmas Child is a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. This year the organization hopes to distribute 9 million shoebox gifts.

Kids, families, churches, Scout troops, schools, civic clubs and businesses are busy filling their shoeboxes now. Locally, the shoeboxes will be collected at My Father’s House Ministries. The hours for the collection during the week of November 12-19 will be Monday: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

How to pack your shoebox gift: Find an empty shoebox (standard size). Wrap it – lid separately – if you like, but wrapping is not required. Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl and the age category as follows: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Label the top of the box with the gender and age information. Fill the box with a variety of gifts such as toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch-A- Sketch toys that light up or make noise (be sure to include batteries) or Slinky toys; school supplies such as pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and inkpad sets, coloring books, writing pads, paper, solar calculators, etc.; hygiene items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, bar soap in a plastic bag, comb and washcloths; and other items such as hard candy, lollipops, mints, gum, sunglasses, flashlights (with batteries), ball caps, socks, T-shirts, jewelry, hair clips, watches and small picture books.

It is requested that the following not be included: war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items; or aerosol cans.

Once the shoebox is packed, you are invited to enclose a note to the child and/or a photo of yourself or your family. Please enclose a check for $7 to cover shipping costs. The check should be made out to Samaritan’s Purse with a note on the memo line that it is for Operation Christmas Child. Brochures are available that contain envelopes for the checks. Place the envelope on top of the gift items and then simply place a rubber band around your box and lid and drop it off at the collection site during the hours listed above.

Samaritan’s Purse responds to major storms throughout the United States by deploying Disaster Relief Units, tractor-trailers stocked with tools and equipment, from its North Carolina headquarters. Volunteers help homeowners by tarping wind-damaged roofs, removing unsalvageable belongings and cleaning out debris and muck from flooded homes, ripping up ruined flooring and stripping damaged sheetrock from walls, and spraying the exposed studs with a solution that kills mold. The work saves homeowners thousands of dollars and gives them a chance to rebuild. Currently Samaritan’s Purse has established bases in three New Jersey counties to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

For more information, on Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, visit their Web site at www.samaritanspurse.org.

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