NOV. 12-19: CANTON COLLECTION SITE OPENS TO RECEIVE GIFT-FILLED SHOE BOXES
Canton Residents Join Operation Christmas Child Efforts During National Collection Week; Seek to Reach Over 100 Million Children With Shoe Box Gifts Worldwide Since 1993
This holiday season, Canton residents are working to brighten the lives of millions of needy children around the world.
Right now, volunteers are preparing for the collection of 27,500 gift-filled shoe boxes—Canton’s target contribution to the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child.
Nov. 12–19, First United Methodist Church in Canton will be bustling with activity as 27,500 shoe boxes packed full of goodies for needy kids overseas are dropped off by local individuals and families.
Anita Geoghagan is the collection site coordinator and can also help provide you with interview possibilities. You can reach her at (770) 924-2268.
CANTON, Nov. 12, 2012—While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Canton volunteers with Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind—are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.
This year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare tocollect 27,500 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12– 19).
Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Canton-area collection site (address and hours below). Then, using whatever means necessary—trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants—the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world.
CANTON COLLECTION SITE:
First United Methodist Church
930 Lower Scott Mill Road
Canton, Ga. 30115
Mon - Nov 12: 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. Tues - Nov 13: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Wed - Nov 14: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Thur - Nov 15: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Fri - Nov 16: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Sat -Nov 17: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun - Nov 18: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Not Collecting Additional local collection sites can be found using the online Zip Code locator at www.samaritanspurse.org.
In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993. During that time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries.
This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes. 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 children, the shoe box gift will be the first gift they have ever received.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology to allow participants to “follow” their box to the destination country where it will be given to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the “Follow Your Box” donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (770) 777-9342 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 12-19; however, shoe boxgifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone,N.C.