Local volunteers are collecting simple shoe box gifts personally packed by children, families, and individuals here in Clay and Vigo counties. From Brazil and Terre Haute, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary-sea containers, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels, even dog sleds-to reach suffering children around the world.
"This is our 12th year as a collection site for shoe box gifts, and we consider it a real joy to be involved with Operation Christmas Child again this year," said Sara Schultz, Brazil drop-off site coordinator.
"Each year we look forward to seeing the shoe boxes pile up as people drop them off, knowing that each simple gift sent will bring a smile to the face and hope to the life of a child."
LOCAL COLLECTION SITES
Union United Methodist Church
780 E. CR 600 N.
Brazil, IN 47834
Hours of Operation: Additional times available by appointment
Mon. Nov. 12-16, 5-8 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 17, 1-6 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 19, Closed
First Baptist Church
2944 E. Hall Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47805
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Nov. 12 , 5-7 p.m.
Tues. Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 14, 3-5 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 15, 3-7 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 16, 4-7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 19, Closed
Right Now you can join the effort to help the world's largest Christmas project hand-deliver more than 8 million personalized gift-filled shoe boxes to children in some 90 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine, and poverty.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED:
Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups, and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.
Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, candy, and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org
Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in Brazil and Terre Haute as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, has delivered more than 54 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 120 countries.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (937) 374-0761 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org National Collection Week is Nov. 12-19.