Smith Memorial Baptist Church is a local collection center for Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. During National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, anyone can donate shoeboxes-filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball-for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world.
Special, free shoeboxes are available at SMBC, located at 6515 Richmond Road in Lightfoot. A suggested donation per shoebox is $9 to help with shipping costs. Donations may be made online at samaritanspurse.org/occ or includ a check with the shoebox made out to SMBC.
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 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
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