Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child be­gins col­lect­ing shoe­boxes to be de­liv­ered world­wide

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This week, Nov. 14-21, is Na­tional Col­lec­tion week for Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child where par­tic­i­pants fill des­ig­nated shoe­boxes with school sup­plies, hy­giene items, notes of en­cour­age­ment and toys. A project of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, the boxes are de­liv­ered to chil­dren over­seas liv­ing in ex­treme poverty or af­fected by war, dis­ease and nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

Lo­cal drop-off lo­ca­tions through Mon­day, Nov. 21 in­clude: Hugh­esville Bap­tist Church, 8505 Old Leonard­town Road, Hugh­esville, 301-274-3672; La Plata First Bap­tist Church, 9070 Hawthorne Road, La Plata, 301-934-9040; Wal­dorf First Bap­tist Church, 10045 Bunker Hill Road, Wal­dorf, 301-645-6966; and In­dian Head Bap­tist Church, 27 Ray­mond Ave., In­dian Head, 301-743-3707.

Each church may be con­tacted di­rectly for spe­cific drop-off hours. For more in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate in Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child or to find more drop-off lo­ca­tions in South­ern Mary­land, go to samar­i­tanspurse.org/occ.

Dar­ryl Evans helps load 176 Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child boxes into Ken Weikel’s truck last week. Evans and his wife Ernes­tine do­nated half the boxes and col­lected the other half through their church, Vic­tory Chapel in Ac­co­keek. Weikel and his wife Melissa used their Wal­dorf Chick-fil-A restau­rant as a col­lec­tion site for the boxes last week.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY SARA NEW­MAN

Diana Leggett and her daugh­ter, Adri­ana Leggett, of Ac­co­keek drop-off two Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child boxes with Anna Weikel, a vol­un­teer, at the Wal­dorf Chick-fil-a last week. Na­tional Col­lec­tion Week for Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is hap­pen­ing un­til Nov. 21 at First Bap­tist Churches in the county.

Dar­ryl and Ernes­tine Evans of Bryans Road de­liv­ered 176 boxes col­lected through their church, Vic­tory Chapel in Ac­co­keek, and do­nated them­selves to the Wal­dorf Chick-fil-a restau­rant last week. Melissa and Ken Weikel, own­ers of the restau­rant, served as a col­lec­tion site for Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child. This week, Bap­tist churches in the area are col­lect­ing the shoe­boxes to be dis­trib­uted to chil­dren over­seas.

Flavio In­gles, a Chick-fil-a em­ployee, hands two shoe­boxes to Melissa Weikel, South­ern Mary­land net­work co­or­di­na­tor for Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child. The boxes con­tain items for chil­dren liv­ing over­seas.

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