Operation Christmas Child presentations | Community Spirit
Tucson families are joining the global effort to send 9.8 million gift filled shoeboxes to needy children.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from Wayne and Mary Jane Smith, local area project leaders, about their recent shoebox distribution trip to Panama. In hearing about how simple, gift-filled shoeboxes are making a difference in the lives of children worldwide, guests will receive important information on upcoming collection efforts and take away new materials for the season.
Those interested in donating can drop off shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies and hygiene items from November 18 – 25 at seven Tucson area sites. These will be the first stops for these shoeboxes, as they make their way across the world by any means possible – by boat, airplane, train and maybe even elephant.
- September 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Grace Church of Sahuarita (2301 E. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita 85629)
- September 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Northwest Bible Church (889 W. Chapala Drive, Tucson 85704)
- October 5 from noon to 2 p.m. – Tucson First Brethren Church (201 N. Columbus Blvd., Tucson 85711)
Operation Christmas Child, is a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse headed by Franklin Graham, has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts since 1993. Through simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn they are loved and not forgotten. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013, with 12,500 coming from Southern Arizona.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call 303-745-9179 or visit samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov.18–25; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.