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Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites open

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As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many families are already thinking about Christmas. For those who are including Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts as part of their holiday, more than 4,000 drop-off sites are now open.

Shoebox gifts filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, which began Monday and continues through Nov. 23.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to children worldwide for more than two decades. Organizers say this is a project everyone can still be part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. For instructions on packing a shoebox, visit the shortened link https://sampur.se/3lPumUR.

“This season, children around the world need a tangible reminder that there is hope and that God loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Through these shoebox gifts packed with special items, children also receive the opportunity to hear about the eternal hope found in Jesus Christ.”

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.


• White Oak Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 3967 W. Hornes Church Road, Bailey, will hold curbside drop-off from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to noon on Monday. 

• Calvary Baptist Church, 505 S. Englewood Drive, Rocky Mount, will accept shoebox gifts from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

• The Tar River Baptist Association, 92 N.C. 56 E., Louisburg, will collect shoeboxes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to noon on Monday. 

• Wilbanks Christian Church at 6148 N.C. 42, Elm City, will be open for collection from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon on Friday and Monday, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. 

For a full list of curbside drop-off locations searchable by ZIP code, visit the shortened link https://sampur.se/3pyRkSi.