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Operation Christmas Child collection begins this week throughout community

Posted: November 15, 2013 5:15 p.m.
Updated: November 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

By TENELL FELDER

West Wateree Chronicle Editor

tfelder@chronicle-independent.com

 

This week, Lugoff First Baptist Church is serving as a drop off location for Operation Christmas Child. The community is invited to participate in the project.

Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide, evangelical project that distributes shoeboxes filled with toys and goods to underprivileged children in over 130 countries.

"It’s been going on since 1993. That’s 20 years of distributing shoeboxes with gifts, hygiene item and toys. In 2012, 100 million shoe boxes were given out," Pam Barker, Operation Christmas Child Relay Center Coordinator for Kershaw County said.

Barker first got involved with Operation Christmas Child when her children were younger.

"I would go with my children and we would pack a shoe box. Now my children choose to be a part of this, it’s part of what they do now during the holidays," Barker said.

To participate, families or individuals can purchase items such combs, soap, small toys and school supplies to fill a standard sized shoebox. Items that are not permitted in the shoeboxes include war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; perishable items such as chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items and used or damaged items.

Participants can then bring their filled shoe boxes to Lugoff First Baptist, located at 106 Longtown Road during the following dates and times, Monday, Nov. 18, 4 - 7 p.m; Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 6 - 8 p.m; Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 6 - 8 p.m; Friday, November 22, 1 - 4 p.m.; Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Sunday, November 24, 1 - 6 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 25 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

After boxes are dropped off, volunteers count and package them, and the boxes are then shipped to Charlotte to be processed and distributed.

The deadline to turn in boxes will be Monday, November 25.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information about the project, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ or call Pam Barker at 438-5084 or 243 2738.

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