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Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites announced

• Nov 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM

This month, 13 sites across West Michigan will be among 5,000 drop-off locations across the country collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, which runs Nov. 12-19.

West Michigan families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, West Michigan area residents hope to collect more than 35,000 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas,” said West Michigan volunteer Barb Shattuck, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for five years. “These simple gifts show God’s love to children facing difficult circumstances.”

Collection sites Include:

Spring Lake

First Baptist Church of Spring Lake, 118 E. Exchange St.

Nov. 12: 10 a.m. to noon

Nov. 12: 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 13: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Nov. 14: 12-2 p.m.

Nov. 15: 8-10 a.m.

Nov. 15: 6-8 p.m.

Nov. 16: 8-10 a.m.

Nov. 16: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Nov. 17: 10 a.m. to noon

Nov. 18: 2-4 p.m.

Nov. 19: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Holland

Christ Memorial Reformed Church, 595 Graafschap Road

Nov. 12: 3-7 p.m.

Nov. 13: 3-7 p.m.

Nov. 14: 3-7 p.m.

Nov. 15: 3-7 p.m.

Nov. 16: 3-7 p.m.

Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nov. 18: 3-7 p.m.

Nov. 19: 9-11 a.m.

Zeeland

First Baptist Church, 246 W Main Ave.

Nov. 12 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 13 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 14 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 15 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 16 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 17 9-11 a.m.

Nov. 18 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 19 9-11 a.m.

Muskegon

Forest Park Covenant Church, 3815 Henry St., Norton Shores

Nov. 12: 9 a.m. to noon

Nov. 13: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to noon

Nov. 15: 4:30-6:30 p.m

Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to noon

Nov. 17: 10 a.m. to 1  p.m.

Nov. 18: 2-5 p.m.

Nov. 19: 9-11 a.m.

Other drop-off sites include Hart United Methodist Church, Fremont First Reformed Church, Ravenna Baptist Church, Bauer Community Fellowship in Hudsonville, High Pointe Community Church in Byron Center, World Mission in Wyoming, Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, First Baptist Church in Lowell, and Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Rockford. 

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 616-550-7346, or visit sa.m.aritanspurse.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 sa.m.aritanspurse.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. 

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