Operation Christmas Child launches

PARKERSBURG — Collection sites in the area have been announced for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the National Collection Week Nov. 13-20, Parkersburg residents can fill shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver the shoeboxes to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

This year, the 10-county Parkersburg Area team of Operation Christmas Child volunteers hopes to collect more than 10,000 shoebox gifts, Janice Childers, Parkersburg area coordinator, said. The global goal is to help 12 million children.

Local drop-off locations are at:

Fairlawn Baptist Church, 215 Fairlawn Drive, Parkersburg, noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 13-18, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2662 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 13-19, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 20.

Cornerstone Gospel Church, 3100 17th Ave., Parkersburg, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13-18, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20.

Red Hill UMC, 162 Red Hill Church Road, Parkersburg, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 14-15, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 20.

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1210 23rd St., Parkersburg, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 13, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 14 and Nov. 16, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 19, 8-10 a.m. Nov. 20.

First Baptist Church of Williamstown, 431 Highland Ave., Williamstown, noon-3 p.m., Nov. 13-19, 7-9 a.m. Nov. 20.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 937-374-0761 or visit samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklyn 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 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.