Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Gift collecting locally this week

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

There are local collectors for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Gift program for children in need around the world. Operation Christmas Child is an international nonprofit outreach program of Samaritan’s Purse.

Under the program an ordinary shoe box can be filled with toys and other presents and a donation for the distribution costs. This year’s collection is from Nov. 17 to 24.

Instructions on filling such a box are as follows:

1. Use a shoe box (standard size), wrap the box - lid separately.

2. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and the age category 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14, label the box boy/girl and age and tape it to the box.

3. Fill the box with gifts:

Toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes - No war related toys, snakes, play money or glass items.

School Supplies: pens, pencils/sharpeners, crayons/markers, stamp and ink supplies, writing pads, solar calculators.

Hygiene items: toothbrush, soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, shampoo - No liquids, glass containers.

Other: socks, T-shirts, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, flashlight/batteries - No food items.

Personal note: In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or family - Do not send money to child.

Include a donation: Please donate $7 for each shoe box prepared to help cover shipping and project costs, place in box and rubber band.

4. Drop off: Greencastle area - Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, 24 E. Kauffman Road, Greencastle. Hours: Nov. 17 through 24 — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 22 and 23 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other Franklin County collection sites and times from Nov. 17 to 24 are as follows: Waynesboro Collection Center, Armaclad Inc., 6806 Anthony Highway, 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Chambersburg Mennonite Church, 1800 Philadelphia Ave., 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; First Church of God Annex, 131 E. King St., Shippensburg, 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call Peggy DeWire at 717-597-4629 or contact Samaritan’s Purse at 1-800-353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ for a dropoff location.