Operation Christmas Child collection week Nov. 15-22

Operation Christmas Child collection week Nov. 15-22

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More than 4,000 locations will now offer a curbside drop-off option for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoe-box gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 15-22.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoe-box gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys — to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions.

There’s still time for individuals, families and groups to transform empty shoe boxes into gifts.

Participants can find the nearest drop-off location and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoe-box gifts. The online look-up tool is searchable by city or ZIP Code. Signs at each location will identify the curbside drop-off.

Shoe-box gifts built online go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach places, whether deep jungles, city slums, steep mountainsides or one of 1,000 remote Pacific islands. To build a shoe box online, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ and select Build a Shoebox Online in the middle of the page.

Those interested in more information on how Operation Christmas Child is making adjustments during its national collection week can visit the organization’s Important COVID-19 Updates webpage for the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

For local information call Lynette Mahaffey, Ohio East Area coordinator, at 330-852-8812.

Ohio East Area drop-off locations include the following:

Berlin

—United Dayspring Church, 5641 Township Road 362, Berlin, Monday from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday from 4-8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday from 4-8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. and Monday from 9-11 a.m. Call Heidi Miller at 234-301-0043.

Bolivar

—Faith Baptist Church, 9481 state Route 212 NE, Bolivar, Monday from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., Thursday from 5-8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Monday from 9-11 a.m. Call Luci Boyd at 330-204-6941.

Cadiz

—Scott Memorial UMC, 817 E. Market St., Cadiz, Monday from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday from 4-6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday from 12:30-3 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call Cynthia Harrah at 740-491-0619.

Carrollton

—Mount Pleasant UMC, 89 Canyon Road SW, Carrollton, Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday from 6-8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Belinda Mach at 330-627-2219.

Coshocton

—Grace United Methodist Church, 422 Walnut St., Coshocton, Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Monday from 9-11 a.m. Call Cathy Hudson at 740-294-7304.

Dover

—The Church at Carter’s Orchard, 2201 Progress St., Dover, Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday from 4-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday from 1:30-5 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call Brian Zaugg at 330-465-9205.

Millersburg

—Gateway Fellowship, 1287 Massillon Road, Millersburg, Monday from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., Thursday from 9-11 a.m., Friday from 5-7:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and Monday from 9-11 a.m. Call Ann Bush at 330-473-8988.

Newcomerstown

—First Baptist, 135 S. River St., Newcomerstown, Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., Thursday from 9-11 a.m., Friday from 9-11 a.m., Saturday from 9-11 a.m., Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 9-11 a.m. Call Nancy Huffman at 740-545-7114.

New Philadelphia

—New Philadelphia Nazarene, 233 Fair Ave. NE, New Philadelphia, Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday from 5-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Call Rick Bloom at 330-343-7144.

Sugarcreek

—Oasis Tabernacle, 531 Dover Road NE, Sugarcreek, Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday from 4-7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday from 1-3 p.m. and Monday from 9-11 a.m. Call Janet Eicher at 330-231-1151.

Uhrichsville

—Uhrichsville Christian Fellowship, 132 Kutcham Drive, Uhrichsville, Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday from 4-7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday from 8-10 a.m. Call Cindy Smith at 330-340-7121.

Wilmot

—Berean Community Church, 1504 U.S. 62, Wilmot, Monday from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday from 1-3 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday from 4-6 p.m., Saturday from 9-11 a.m., Sunday from 3-5 p.m. and Monday from 9-11 a.m. Call Faith Beachy at 330-359-0687.