The River Christian Community Church is serving as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Oakdale residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Oakdale can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said regional program director Jennifer Trevithick.
At The River Christian Community during National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Oakdale residents hope to contribute 900 shoebox gifts to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.
Remaining collection hours this week are:
Friday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The River Christian Community is at 1351 E. G St., Oakdale.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.