2017-11-04 / Religion

COLLECTION SITES ANNOUNCED FOR GLOBAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT

This month, several locations in the multi-county Durham/Chapel Hill Area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child — joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Roxboro residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.

Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

This year, the Durham/ Chapel Hill Area Team hopes to contribute more than 17,000 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said regional director Lindsay Tunnell.

“Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”

LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

Timberlake - Helena United Methodist Church, 290 Helena Moriah Road Timberlake NC 27583-9572

Monday, Nov. 13: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 8 to 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 8 to 10 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20: 8 to 10 a.m.

Roxboro - Providence Baptist Church, 1319 Virgilina Road Roxboro NC 27573-4462

Monday, Nov. 13: 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Roxboro - Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church, 1026 Longs Store Road Roxboro NC 27574- 8543

Monday, Nov. 13: 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20: 6: to 8 p.m.

Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 704-583-1463 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization.

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