Help a child have a happier holiday season by packing a shoe box full of gifts as part of Operation Christmas Child.
Through Operation Christmas Child Wilmington residents are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.
From Wilmington, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around the world.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to "follow your box" to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.
To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org.
This year, organizers hope to collect 28,000 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 69 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.
LOCAL COLLECTION SITE TIMES NOVEMBER 16-23
Southside Baptist Church
3320 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Scotts Hill Baptist Church
185 Scotts Hill Loop Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28411
Monday – Tuesday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED:
PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.
PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.
PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in Wilmington as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.