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NOV. 12-19: ABILENE COLLECTION SITE OPENS TO RECEIVE GIFT-FILLED SHOE BOXES

NOV. 12-19: ABILENE COLLECTION SITE OPENS TO RECEIVE GIFT-FILLED SHOE BOXES

By Meredith Bartlemay

 

 

 

AbileneResidents Join Operation Christmas Child Efforts During National CollectionWeek; Seek to Reach Over 100 Million Children With Shoe Box Gifts WorldwideSince 1993 ABILENE,Texas, Oct. 22, 2012—While mostpeople in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Abilene volunteerswith Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of itskind—are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene itemsfor needy children overseas. This year-round project of international Christianrelief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by FranklinGraham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groupsprepare to collect over 4,500 gift-filled shoe boxes during National CollectionWeek .  {{more}} Anyone can dropoff a packed shoe box at the Abilene collection site .Then, using whatever means necessary—trucks, trains, boats, bikes and evenelephants—the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100countries around the world. ABILENECOLLECTION SITE: First Baptist Church 1333 N 3rd St. Abilene, TX 79601 Mon – Nov 12: 10 a.m. – 5:30p.m. Tues Nov 13: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wed – Nov 14: 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thur – Nov 15: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Fri – Nov 16: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat – Nov 17: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun – Nov 18: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Mon – Nov 19: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional localcollection sites can be found using the Drop-Off Locations icon at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. In 2012,Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone—collecting anddelivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993. Duringthat time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 millionshoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130countries. This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9million gift-filled shoe boxes. Through the power of a simple gift and themessage of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and notforgotten. For many children, the shoe box gift will be the first gift theyhave ever received. OperationChristmas 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 moreinformation on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call817-595-2230 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 12-19; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at theSamaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.