Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child drop-off lo­ca­tions an­nounced

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL -

EAS­TON — Four churches in the Mid-Shore 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. 12 to 19.

Mid-Shore 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.

This year, area res­i­dents hope to col­lect more than 20,081 gifts to con­trib­ute to the 2018 global goal of reach­ing 11 mil­lion chil­dren.

“We are hon­ored to be link­ing arms with our com­mu­nity to help chil­dren around the world ex­pe­ri­ence the true mean­ing of Christ­mas,” said Re­gional Di­rec­tor Mes­fin Abera. “These sim­ple gifts show God’s love to chil­dren fac­ing dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.”

The fol­low­ing churches are col­lec­tion sites. For dropoff times, con­tact the church.

• Tal­bot Bi­ble Church, 9114 Chapel Road, Eas­ton. 410822-1110.

• Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 205 Mary­land Ave., Cam­bridge. 410-228-1424.

• Im­manuel United Methodist Church, 102 School House Lane, Gra­sonville. 410-827-6361.

• New Life Wes­leyan Church, 13699 Greensboro Road, Greensboro. 410-482-6897.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate in Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child, call 410-772-7360, or visit samar­i­tanspurse.org / occ. Par­tic­i­pants can do­nate $9 per shoebox gift on­line through “Fol­low Your Box” and re­ceive a track­ing la­bel to dis­cover its des­ti­na­tion. Those who pre­fer the con­ve­nience of on­line shop­ping can browse samar­i­tanspurse.org / buil­don­line to select gifts matched to a child’s spe­cific age and gen­der, then fin­ish pack­ing the vir­tual shoebox by adding a photo and per­sonal note of en­cour­age­ment.

Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is a pro­ject of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, an in­ter­na­tional Chris­tian re­lief and evan­ge­lism or­ga­ni­za­tion headed by Franklin Gra­ham. The mis­sion of Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is to demon­strate God’s love in a tan­gi­ble way to chil­dren in need around the world and, to­gether with the lo­cal church world­wide, to share the Good News of Je­sus Christ.

Since 1993, Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child has col­lected and de­liv­ered more than 157 mil­lion gift-filled shoe­boxes to chil­dren in more than 160 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries.

PHOTO BY KIM ROW­LAND

This child re­ceives his Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child shoebox at Heaven’s King­dom Chris­tian School in San Lorenzo, Paraguay.

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