Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

During the project’s National Collection Week (Nov. 18 – Nov. 25) 10 sites in the South Central Missouri Area will be drop off locations for shoebox gifts. Anyone can participate by packing a shoebox with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

Many volunteers hope to collect more than 12,000 gifts to contribute to the Samaritan’s Purse project’s 2019 goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Official drop offs in the immediate area are:

Town, Church, Drop Off Leader

Salem, First Baptist Church, Nancy DeVenuto

Licking, First Baptist Church, Stephanie Fike

St. James, First Baptist Church, Peggy Welsch

Rolla, First Baptist Church, Cherri Crump

Roby, First Baptist Church, Sara Mayfield

Cuba, Amazing Grace Community Church, Sue Rogers

Waynesville, Westside Baptist Church, Kasey Netzley

For more information, contact Linda Williams at 573-263-9550.