Drop-off locations now open for OCC shoeboxes

Several locations in Lincoln County will serve as collection sites this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. 

During National Collection Week, Nov. 14 -21, Lincoln County residents will donate shoeboxes – filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball – for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world.

This year, Lincoln County residents hope to contribute more than 4,301 shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

Lincoln County Collection Sites include: Stanford Baptist Church, 204 Church Street, Stanford, call (606) 365- 2178 for drop-off times and Pleasant View Baptist Church, 13571 Ky. Hwy. 1247, Waynesburg, call (606) 365-3737 for drop-off times.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and 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 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.