Christmas Project Reach To Help Children In Need
THIS WEEK: Union County COLLECTION SITE OPENS to help GLOBAL Christmas project reach CHILDREN IN NEED.
Nov. 13 – 20: National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts.
Union County families are on a mission to make an impact in the lives of children in need. They are donating colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world—many of whom have never received a gift before and have very little to call their own.
Nov. 13 – 20 is Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week.
Local residents will collect shoebox gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The Cumberland Pathway - TN Area Team volunteers (serving Union, Claiborne, Campbell and Scott Counties) have a goal of collecting more than 10,500 gifts during the week.
When Milan Baptist Church’s Drop Off Team Leader, Holly Simmons, counted the 1000+ shoeboxes the church had packed, she responded, “Oh my goodness! Praise the Lord for all those shoeboxes and the children who will receive them. That is wonderful!” The church has greatly exceeded their original goal of packing 701 shoebox gifts.
Milan Baptist Church (beside Paulette Elementary School, 120 Milan Ln.) will serve again this year as the local Drop Off Site for shoebox gifts. We will be open to accept your shoeboxes during the times below:
Monday, November 13 - 10:00 am to 12 noon
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 14 - 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 15 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 16 - 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday, November 17 - 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 18 - 12 noon to 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 19 - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monday, November 20 - 10:00 am to 12 noon
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call Amie Winstead at (865)742-9701 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.