Shoebox photo

Larry and Sheila Poff stand ready to receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 1775 Lyon St. in Batesville. Every year since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children around the world. The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many children, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love.

Operation Christmas Child National Collection week for shoebox gifts is Nov. 16-23. Calvary Baptist Church, located at 1775 Lyon St. in Batesville, serves as the drop-off location for this area.

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse which encourages churches, civic groups, and families to pack shoeboxes with hygiene items, school supplies, shoes, and toys for children in impoverished areas. Once the boxes are packed, they can be dropped off at the drop-off location along with a $9 donation for shipping. Then these boxes will be delivered to children in more than 100 countries, many of whom have never received a gift before. This is a hands-on project that is simple and small but has a large impact on those who receive them. Go to samaritanspurse.org for more information and ideas about items to pack.

Calvary Baptist will be open to take boxes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 23.

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