Volunteers announce collection sites for global Christmas project

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This month, several locations in the multi-county Tacoma Washington 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, local 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.

Christmas joy will be spread far and wide, Paraguay photos courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

This year, the Tacoma Washington Area Team hopes to contribute more than 16,432 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 Director Michael Ishmael. “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 (253) 572-1155 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 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.

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 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

University Place: CityLights Church

5000 67th Ave. W, University Place, WA 98467-2238

Mon., Nov. 13: 9 a.m. to noon

Mon., Nov. 13: 5-7 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to noon

Tue., Nov. 14: 5-7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 15: 9 a.m. to noon

Thu., Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to noon

Thu., Nov. 16: 5-7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to noon

Sat., Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 19: Noon to 3 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tacoma: Golgotha Baptist Church

1611 85th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98445-4111

Mon., Nov. 13: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 13: 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 14: 9:30 a.m to 1 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 14: 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 15: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 15: 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Thu., Nov. 16: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thu., Nov. 16: 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 17: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 18: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 19: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lakewood: Trinity Baptist Church

8421 Meadow Rd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-2554

Mon., Nov. 13: 9 a.m. to noon

Tue., Nov. 14: 4-7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 15: 9 a.m. to noon

Thu., Nov. 16: 4-7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to noon

Sat., Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to noon

Sun., Nov. 19: 4-6 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to noon

Spanaway: Life Center Rainier

17708 28th Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98445-4320

Mon., Nov. 13: 9 a.m. to noon

Tue., Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to noon

Wed., Nov. 15: 9 a.m. to noon

Thu., Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to noon

Fri., Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to noon

Sat., Nov. 18: 3-6 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 19: 9 a.m. to noon

Mon., Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to noon

Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online at www.SamaritansPurse.org.

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