2013-11-14 / Local & State

Time To Get Packing For Operation Christmas Child


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, southcentral PA communities, families, businesses, schools and churches are putting gratitude in action and celebrating their blessings by giving back. Through Operation Christmas Child, locals are joining tens of thousands of people across the U.S. to fill empty shoeboxes with toys, candy, school supplies and necessity items for impoverished children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and not forgotten. For many of these children living in orphanages, trash dumps, warstricken countries and disaster zones, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they’ve ever received.

In 2012, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone – collecting and delivering shoe box gifts to more than 100 million children since the project began in 1993. This year, local volunteers from southcentral PA hope to contribute more than 40,370 gift-filled shoe boxes to this year’s global collection goal of 9.8 million.

During National Collection Week, Nov.18-25, local volunteers from south-central PA region are using funds generated by their annual auction and golf tournament to pack and ship seven thousand gift-filled shoeboxes. Throughout the year, local volunteers have been planning, purchasing, making, sewing, painting, collecting and storing items for this special group of shoeboxes and will work them concurrent to the shoebox returns from the area.

How to Help? It’s not too late to pack a shoebox gift. Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, candy, personal hygiene items, and a letter of encouragement. Step by step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.Samari-tansPurse.org/OCC. Click of “How to Pack a Shoe Box.” Additionally, you help by spreading the word. Help enlist friends, their families, churches, Scout troops, community groups, and local businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts. November 18-25, packed shoebox gifts can be dropped off at local collection centers.

Shoebox gifts may be dropped off at the following times and locations during National Collection Week, November 18-25, 2013.

Mercersburg/ McConnells-burg area collection sites:


First United Methodist
Church, 11 North Fayette St,
Mercersburg: Monday thru
Thursday, November 18-21: 9
a.m. to noon.
Friday, November 22: 3
p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday , November 23:
9 a.m. to noon.
Sunday, November 24: 9
a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, November 25: 9
a.m. to 10 a.m.


My Father’s House, 1635
Lincoln Way East, Mc-
Monday, November 18; 9
a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday , November 19:
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November
20: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 21: 1
p.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, November 22: 4:30
p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 23:
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 24: 1
p.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, November 25: 10
a.m. to 11 a.m.


Needmore Bible Church,
6939 Great Cove Rd, Needmore: Monday, November 18: 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19: 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November
20: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 21:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, November 22: 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, November 25: 9
a.m. to 11 a.m.

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