Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child be­gins; drop off dates, times an­nounced

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - Staff Re­ports

A num­ber of Polk County churches, in­di­vid­u­als and groups an­nu­ally par­tic­i­pate in Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child.

Lo­cal par­tic­i­pants are part of the Georgia High­lands team, which cov­ers Polk, Pauld­ing, Bar­tow, and Floyd coun­ties.

Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als work through­out the year to plan and pro­vide funds for in­di­vid­ual and group par­tic­i­pa­tion in sup­port of the in­ter­na­tional ef­fort of Samaritans Purse.

Live Oak Bap­tist Church con­tin­ues to plan for this event. This year, about 40 peo­ple and have packed more than 820 boxes. Vol­un­teers from other churches also bring many boxes for this hol­i­day project.

Gina Brown, area co­or­di­na­tor, has an­nounced that Nov. 16 – 23 is Na­tional Col­lec­tion Week.

Polk County’s drop off lo­ca­tion is Bel­lview Bap­tist Church, lo­cated at 2333 N. Bel­lview Rd, Rock­mart.

Hours you can drop off your shoe­boxes are:

Mon­day, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tues­day, Nov. 17: 5 to 7 p.m.

Wed­nes­day, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to noon

Thurs­day, Nov. 19: 5 to 7 p.m.

Fri­day, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to noon

Satur­day, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. to noon

Sun­day, Nov. 22: 3 to 5 p.m.

Mon­day, Nov. 23: 8 to 10 a.m.

Since 1993, the project has col­lected and de­liv­ered more than 100 mil­lion gift-filled shoe­boxes to chil­dren in more than 100 coun­tries.

In 2015, Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child hopes to col­lect enough shoe­box gifts to reach an­other 11 mil­lion chil­dren.

Shoe­box gifts are col­lected in the U.S., Aus­tralia, Fin­land, Ger­many, Ja­pan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the U.K.

More than 500,000 vol­un­teers world­wide, with more than 100,000 of those in the United States, are in­volved in col­lect­ing, ship­ping, and dis­tribut­ing shoe­box gifts.

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