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Operation Christmas Child has local collection center

Brad Smith of Kilmarnock loads a W.F. Booth and Son truck with collection boxes full of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at last year’s drop-off site, White Stone Church of the Nazarene.

With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, it is time to start thinking about packing an Operation Christmas Child box. According to Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, “Sharing the Good News of God’s love with boys and girls in need is at the heart of Operation Christmas Child.” 

Graham also stated that churches, groups or individuals can “participate in the project by packing shoeboxes with simple gifts that will bring joy to children in need.”

White Stone Church of the Nazarene is excited about being the local collection point for Operation Christmas Child for the third year in a row. Booth’s Furniture of Kilmarnock will deliver the collected boxes to a distribution center in Poquoson. From there the boxes will be shipped to one of the 13 regional support centers throughout the USA for worldwide delivery to children around the world before Christmas.

This year, according to Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child plans to reach “the 100 millionth child with the Good News of God’s love.” In order to make this happen the project needs volunteers.  Local churches and individuals are needed to pack collection boxes and man the collection center at White Stone Church of the Nazarene.  The collection week will be November 12-19.

For more information or to volunteer, call White Stone Church of the Nazarene at 435-9886 and ask for Cathy Smith or Karen Sciacchitano.

posted 09.12.2012

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