While most people in the nation are preparing for holiday activities, Brazil volunteers with Operation Christmas Child -- the world's largest Christmas project of its kind -- are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.
The year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect 750 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12-19).
Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Brazil area collection site. Then, using whatever means necessary -- trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants -- the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the globe.
The Brazil collection site is located at Union United Methodist Church, 780 E. CR 600 N., Brazil.
Those interested may drop off items at the following dates and times:
* Monday, Nov. 12 -- 6-8 p.m.,
* Tuesday, Nov. 13 -- 6-8 p.m.,
* Wednesday, Nov. 14 -- 9-11 a.m.,
* Thursday, Nov. 15 -- 6-8 p.m.,
* Friday, Nov. 16 -- 9-11 a.m.,
* Saturday, Nov. 17 -- 9 a.m.-noon,
* Sunday, Nov. 18 -- 9 a.m.-noon, and
* Monday, Nov. 19 -- 8-10 a.m.
Additional local collection sites may be found using the online zip code locater at www.samaritanspurse.org.
In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone -- collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993.
During that time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to children in more than 130 countries.
This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, log on to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.