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Collection site opens for gift boxes
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TRINITY – While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Trinity volunteers with Operation Christmas Child will be filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. Those wishing to make donations by drop them off at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity. Collection times will be from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17; from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, and from 10 a.m,. to noon on Monday, Nov. 19. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas program of its kind, is a year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham. Churches and community groups around the nation are gearing up to collect over 350 gift-filled boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19. Area residents are encouraged to fill shoe boxes with needed items and drop them at the local collection centers. During its 2012 campaign, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone – collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993. In that time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries. This year, the program hopes to collect nine million gift-filled shoe boxes. Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology o allow participants to “follow” heir box to the destination country where it will be given to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the “Follow Your Box” donation form found at www.samaritanpurse.org/occ. For more information on how to participate, call 817-595-2230 or visit the website. While National Collection Week is No. 12-19, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.