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Operation Christmas Child effort underway here

November 13-20 is national collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Shoeboxes filled with simple gifts for children are distributed in over 170 poverty stricken countries around the world. This project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international disaster relief organization, is headed by Franklin Graham.

OCC provides gift filled shoeboxes to children in war torn, poverty stricken countries to share the love of Jesus Christ. This year OCC is celebrating its 30th year of delivering shoebox gifts to children in need and it recently delivered its 200 millionth shoebox gift to a child in Ukrain. In addition to the gift, children are invited to participate in a 12 week Bible study ‘The Greatest Journey’.

Everyone is invited to pack a shoebox for a child in need. Simply chose a boy or girl and age range, 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Fill the box with simple gifts a child of that age or gender would like. Suggestions include: stuffed animals, small dolls, balls (soccer balls deflated with a pump), toy cars, books, school supplies, crayons, and hygiene items (bar soap and toothbrushes), clothing (socks, t-shirts, etc.) A monetary donation of $10 is encouraged to help with shipping costs, training leaders and material used for the Bible study.

Some items are inappropriate for this project. Please do not include: war related type toys or camouflage clothing, liquids or creams, food or candy, vitamins or medication, glass, toothpaste, used or soiled items.

Shoebox gifts may be dropped off at First Baptist Church November 13-20. For more information call Nancy Cloudt at 770.584.4521 or the church office at 770.358.2353.

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