While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Woodinville volunteers with Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind — are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.
This year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect over 2,900 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12 – 19).
Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Woodinville-area collection site (address and hours below).
Then, using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world.
The Woodinville collection site is the Bear Creek Community Church (18931 NE 143rd Street, Woodinville, 800-353-5949) on the following days and times:
• Mon - Nov 12: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
•Tues - Nov 13: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Wed - Nov 14: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Thur - Nov 15: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Fri - Nov 16: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Sat - Nov 17: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sun - Nov 18: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Mon: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Additional local collection sites can be found using the online Zip Code locator at www.samaritanspurse.org.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology to allow participants to “follow” their 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.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (253)572-1155 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.