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Operation Christmas Child drop-off locations set

Drop-off points in the Salisbury area will be among 5,000 across the country collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

Salisbury families, churches and groups are transforming empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene supplies. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to help children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Salisbury area residents hope to collect more than 31,000 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas,” said regional director Lindsey Tunnell Wooten. “These simple gifts show God’s love to children facing difficult circumstances.”

Drop-off points include:

• Life Church, 710 Jake Alexander Blvd. W.

5-8 p.m. Nov. 12; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 13; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 14; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 15; 4-7 p.m. Nov. 16; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 17; 2-5 p.m. Nov. 18; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19.
• St. John’s Lutheran Church200 W. Innes St.
12:30-3 p.m. Nov. 12; 3-5 p.m. Nov. 13; 12:30-3 p.m. Nov. 14; 3-5 p.m. Nov. 15; 9:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 16; 1-3 p.m. Nov. 17; 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18; and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 19.

• Faith Baptist Church, 203 N. Main St., Faith.

3-7 p.m. Nov. 12; 3-7 p.m. Nov. 13; 3-6 p.m. Nov. 14; 3-7 p.m. Nov. 15; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17; 3-6 p.m. Nov. 18; and 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 19.

• South River United Methodist Church, 2880 S. River Church Road, Woodleaf.

10 a.m.-noon Nov. 12; 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 13; 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 14; 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 15; 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 16; 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 17; noon-2 p.m. Nov. 18; and 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Nov. 19.

• Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Road, Kannapolis.

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 12; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 13; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 14; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 15; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 16; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 17; 1-5 p.m. Nov. 18; and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 19.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, 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 find its destination.

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

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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