Volunteers announce collection sites for global Christmas project

MANISTEE — This month, several locations in the multi-county Northwest Michigan Area Team will serve as drop-off sites 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 project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, Manistee residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

To view the full list of area collection locations, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

This year, the Northwest Michigan Area Team hopes to contribute more than 15,470 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Manager Jenna Lupo. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call (937) 374-0761 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate a fee per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse 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.

 

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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