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Curbside drop-off sites have now opened for Operation Shoebox and will remain open through Nov. 23. For over twenty years, shoeboxes have been collected to give to children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse and seeks 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.

Shoeboxes should be packed with hygiene items, clothing and accessories, activities and crafts, and toys. Boxes should be packed for boys and girls ages 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14. Boxes should not include candy, toothpaste, used items, war-related toys, food, liquids, medications or glass.

Local drop-off locations are:

Briensburg Baptist Church

892 Briensburg Rd., Benton

Nov. 17-20, 9 a.m.-noon

Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Nov. 22, 1-3 p.m.

Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-noon

Pathway Baptist Church

229 W. Fifth Ave., Calvert City

Nov. 17-20, 9 a.m.-2 pm..

Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-noon

Nov. 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

“In the midst of the pandemic, the needs are greater than ever before,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope. A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.