Operation Christmas Child is about to send shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in need around the world.

Local donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 139 NE Dayton St., John Day.

Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with donated gifts and hygiene products to give to children in hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, areas affected by natural disasters and other situations of extreme poverty.

Since 1993, the organization has delivered over 135,000,000 shoeboxes all over the world. Last year, Grant County residents donated about 780 shoeboxes.

“The shoebox gifts donated by John Day volunteers at these drop-off locations will shine a light of hope to children living in poverty overseas,” said Michael Ishmael, Northwest Regional Director for Operation Christmas Child. “Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances to feel loved and not forgotten.”

Those interested in donating gifts should pick up a shoebox and informational brochure at participating churches or Len’s Drug. Those donating can pick whether they would like to send gifts to a boy or girl and choose an age category, 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Items such as toys, school supplies and hygiene items are encouraged, while items such as war toys, liquids and anything that may break or melt should be left out. Anyone donating can also include $7 for shipping.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call (253) 572-1155 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. For more information about local donations, call Carla Teague at 503-899-7543 or 541-820-3682.

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