The Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing event will be held Wednesday through Oct. 25. The event is sponsored by First Baptist Church at 610 Main St.

The first 25 churches to come pack boxes will receive 12 free OCC plastic boxes. There will also be crayons, pencils and other items for sale. Everyone is welcome to bring their kids, friends, and church groups to get some new ideas. Call Denise at 870-307-8309 to schedule a time to come by and visit the packing party at First Baptist.

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, which sends shoe boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, shoes, and small toys to children in war-torn and impoverished areas around the world. The National Collection week is Nov. 16-22, and the local drop-off site is Calvary Baptist Church, located at 1775 Lyon St. Go to samaritanspurse.org for more details.

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