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Posted: Thursday, November 8th 2012 at 3:38pm

Gainesville collection site for Operation Christmas Child opens Mon.

By Staff
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Samiritan's Purse processing center. (File photo)
GAINESVILLE - While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Gainesville 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.

This 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 15,800 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12 – 19).

Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Gainesville-area collection site, Lakewood Baptist Church (800-353-5949). Then, using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to children in 100 countries.

Additional local collection sites can be found using the online Zip Code locator at

The hours for drop-offs at Lakewood are:

Mon - Nov 12: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. |Tues - Nov 13: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. |Wed - Nov 14: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. |Thur - Nov 15: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. |Fri - Nov 16: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. |Sat - Nov 17: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. |Sun - Nov 18: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. |Mon - Nov 19: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (770) 777-9342 or visit National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 12-19; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.

Link: Samaritan's Purse
Associated Categories: Local/State News

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