More than 4,000 U.S. locations, including First Baptist Church Rockport, will soon be collecting Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the annual Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 15-22, offering a curbside option.

When dropping off shoebox gifts at First Baptist (1515 N. Live Oak St), follow the Operation Christmas Child signs on church grounds to the Curbside Drop Off. A volunteer will be outside to unload shoebox gifts.

Shoebox gifts will be accepted on the following dates/times.

• Monday, Nov. 15 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 16 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 17 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 18 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Friday, Nov. 19 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 20 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 21 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 22 - 10 a.m. to noon

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts - filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys - to children worldwide since 1993.

Individuals, families, and organizations transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need.

One can find a step-by-step guide at the How to Pack a Shoebox webpage, samaritanspurse.org/occ.

“In the midst of the pandemic, children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

For more information, 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, and then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement. Boxes built online go to hard to reach countries.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 188 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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