More than 4,500 locations around the country will serve as drop-off locations this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. National Collection Week is Nov. 13 to 20.

“The shoebox gifts donated throughout the country at these drop-off locations will shine a light of hope to children living in poverty overseas,” said Randy Riddle, director of Operation Christmas Child in the United States. “Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances to feel loved and not forgotten.

Shoeboxes should be filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball, for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world. This year, the hope is to contribute 9.1 million shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

In south-central Pennsylvania, the goal this year is 40,000 boxes.

“I’ve seen it first-hand for more than 20 years — these shoebox gifts bring hope to children around the world and show them the love of Jesus Christ,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “For many of these boys and girls, it is the first gift they have ever received, and they will never forget it.”

Many children who receive shoebox gifts will also enroll in Operation Christmas Child’s 12-lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. This program teaches children about God’s love and guides them through what it means to follow Jesus Christ. Since 2010, more than 11 million children have participated in the program. Every child who graduates is given a New Testament in their own language.

“The shoebox gifts donated throughout the country at these drop-off locations will shine a light of hope to children living in poverty overseas,” Riddle said.

Local drop-off locations are:

Ebenezer Church, 3661 Williamson Road, Greencastle, 717-597-3869

Monday, Nov. 13: 8 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Nov. 14: noon to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 3 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 8 to 11 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, 24 Kauffman Road, Chambersburg, 717-375-4658

Monday, Nov. 13: 3 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 3 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 10 a.m. to noon

Friday, Nov. 17: 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 1 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 1 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20: 9 to 11 a.m.

New Guilford Brethren in Christ Church, 1575 Mont Alto Road, Chambersburg, 717-352-2458

Monday, Nov. 13: 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to noon

Sunday, Nov. 19: 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Otterbein Church, 912 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, 717-762-7147

Monday, Nov. 13: 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 5 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to noon

Sunday, Nov. 19: 1 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20: 9 to 11 a.m.

Mercersburg Mennonite Church, 10060 Buchanan Trail West, 717-328-9282

Monday, Nov. 13: 4 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 4 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 4 to 7 p.m.