Operation Christmas Child box collection is underway

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Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 2:20 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Monday kicked off National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. Collection will continue through Nov. 23.

The goal of the event is to collect shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and other items for children all around the world.

Northcrest Baptist Church is one of several local churches participating in Operation Christmas Child. Staff there say they took in over 2,000 boxes on Monday alone.

“This season, children around the world need a tangible reminder that there is hope and that God loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Through these shoebox gifts packed with special items, children also receive the opportunity to hear about the eternal hope found in Jesus Christ.”

Here’s a list of local churches participating in the project:

Northcrest Baptist Church (Meridian)

Rolling Creek Baptist Church (Quitman)

Clarke Venable Memorial Baptist Church (Decatur)

Livingston First Baptist Church (Livingston)

Choctaw County Baptist Association (Butler)

East Philadelphia Baptist Church (Philadelphia)

If you live elsewhere, you can enter your zip code and find the nearest location here. See how to pack your own shoebox here. You may also order and pay for shoeboxes online.

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