Operation Christmas Child announces drop off locations

Recipients of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes show their gifts. Operation Christmas Child has announced La Porte area drop off locations and times.

La PORTE COUNTY — Sites in the La Porte County area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12 to 19.

La Porte County families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, La Porte-area residents hope to collect more than 37,500 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director David Zimmerman, “These simple gifts show God’s love to children facing difficult circumstances.”

Local collection sites:

Chesterton - Liberty Bible Church, 824 N Calumet Ave., Chesterton

Nov. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon

Nov. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 15 from noon to 2 p.m.

Nov. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

La Porte - First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave., La Porte

Nov. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

Nov. 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon

Nov. 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon

Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon

Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon

Nov. 19 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

New Buffalo, Michigan - Calvary Chapel New Buffalo, 1615 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo Michigan

Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 14 from noon to 2 p.m.

Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (937) 374-0761 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

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