Samaritan’s Purse/Kim E. Rowland
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered millions of shoeboxes for desperately needy children in hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, survivors of natural disasters and other desperate situations of extreme poverty. Last year, Grant County residents donated over 1,000 shoeboxes filled with gifts.
People interested in donating a shoebox filled with new gifts can pick up an empty shoebox and an informational brochure at any participating church or at Len’s Drug. Participants choose a boy or girl and age category (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14) and fill the box with new age-appropriate gifts. The brochure lists items such as toys, school supplies, hygiene items and other applicable items. It also lists items that should not be included in the boxes this year: candy, toothpaste, war toys, liquids and items that may melt or break. People may include $9 inside the shoe box on top of the gifts to help cover shipping.
The drop-off deadline is Sunday, Nov. 12, at the John Day Nazarene Church and the Prairie City Assembly of God Church. On Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship at 139 NE Dayton St. will be receiving all the shoeboxes in Grant County to be packed in crates and put on pallets for Oak Harbor Freight Lines to pick up and transport to Bend.
For more information, call Carla Teague at 503-899-7543 or 541-820-3682 or Corinne Stennett at 541-932-4905, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.