Volunteers are collecting simple shoe box gifts personally packed by children, families and individuals here in Brazil.
From here, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary, sea containers, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels and even dog sleds, to reach suffering children around the world.
"This is our 13th 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," Brazil drop-off site coordinator Sara Schultz said. "To share God's love with other children and their families around the world is a great blessing."
The local collection site is at Union County Methodist Churchy, 780 E CR 600 N, Brazil. Hours of operation include Monday, Nov. 17-Friday, Nov. 21, from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-518-8635.
Right now, those interested can join the effort to help the world's largest Christmas project and hand-deliver approximately eight million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 90 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.
Those interested in participating can do the following:
* Prepare. Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide,
* Pack. 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,, or
* Process. Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in Brazil as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoebox gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization of Samaritan's Purse headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 61 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in several countries worldwide.
For more information on how to participate, call 1-937-374-0761 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.