The First Baptist Church in Whitesburg will again serve as a collection site this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.
During National Collection Week, November 14-21, Letcher County residents are asked to 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, Letcher County residents are asked to contribute more than 5,800 shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
“The shoebox gifts donated by Whitesburg volunteers will shine a light of hope to children living in poverty overseas,” said regional leader Hasty Martin. “Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances to feel loved and not forgotten.”
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.
Times the filled shoeboxes can be delivered to the First Baptist Church, which is located at 170 Madison Avenue in Whitesburg are:
• Monday, Nov. 14: 4 to 8 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 15: 4 to 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Nov. 16: 4 to 8 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 17: 4 to 8 p.m.
• Friday, Nov. 18: 4 to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 19: 12 to 6 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 20: 12 to 6 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 21: 12 to 8 p.m.