Local families make global impact through Operation Christmas Child

Christmas Child
Donate and create a shoebox gift for children around the world for Operation Christmas Child. Photo provided

REGION – This month, sites in the area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

Families, churches, and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, area residents hope to collect more than 4,813 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children. “I love seeing the local community rally together for a global impact,” said Regional Director Cecil Pollydore. “We see all ages getting involved – and more and more every year.”

Springfield Assembly of God, 269 River St., Springfield, Vt.

  • Nov. 18-22, 6-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 24, 1-4 p.m., 6-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 25, 8-10 a.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 518-437-0690 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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