Whitesburg KY

Shoeboxes to be collected Nov. 17-24

It’s time once again to start saving shoeboxes to fill with toiletries, small toys and candy to be given to children all around the world who may not otherwise receive gifts.

Gift-filled shoeboxes are collected and distributed to needy children worldwide through Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse headed by Franklin Graham.

First Baptist Church of Whitesburg will serve as the southeast Kentucky/southwest Virginia collection site for Operation Christmas Child.

Shoeboxes will be collected at church November 17 through November 24. Giftfilled shoeboxes can be dropped off at the Whitesburg church from noon until 8 p.m. on November 17 through November 21. Drop off shoeboxes between 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on November 22 and from noon until 6 p.m. on November 23 and November 24.

The Whitesburg church collected 8,868 gift-filled shoeboxes last year and has a goal of collecting 9,000 shoeboxes this November.

Last year more than 7.6 million shoebox gifts were distributed to children in 95 countries.

Operation Christmas Child does not leave out children located in remote areas. Many different types of transportation are used: helicopters in Panama, camels in Jordan and Afghanistan, small boats in the Solomon Islands and donkeys in Honduras.

Lee Adams, a member of First Baptist Church of Whitesburg, serves as area coordinator volunteer for southeast Kentucky and southwest Virginia’s Operation Christmas Child. Two years ago she hand delivered shoeboxes to children in Jamaica.

“From the hands of southeast Kentucky and southwest Virginia’s finest people to the arms of children worldwide, Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox gifts bring joy, comfort and hope into the lives of hurting kids one shoebox at a time,” said Adams.

Adams said compiling a shoebox is easy.

“All you need to get started is an empty shoebox,” said Adams. “Fill it with necessity items, toys, school supplies, candy, and if you want, a handwritten note of encouragement. Then pray for the child that will receive your box that his or her heart may be changed for a life for Christ.”

The person fixing a box decides whether the package will be for a boy or a girl and what age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

Suggested items to place in a shoebox are small stuffed animals, hard candy, balloons, small pads of paper, crayons, and small balls.

The organization does not want the following items included in the packages: used items; toy guns, knives or other war-related items; chocolate or perishable food items; liquids of any kind (shampoo, lotion, bubbles); medicines of any kind (vitamins, cough drops); and breakable items (china dolls, snow globes).

It is asked that $7 be included to cover the cost of shipping the package overseas but the money is not a must. Churches and other organizations give donations to help pay the shipping costs.

Boxes can be dropped of at First Baptist Church of Whitesburg beginning November 17 or can be mailed to Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, 801 Bamboo Road, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607.

For more information, call Adams at 632-0899 or email her at Krzy4Shoeboxes@bellsouth.net.

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