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While many Centennial families are busy with holiday activities,
a group of local volunteers is focused on filling empty shoe boxes
with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of
encouragement for needy kids overseas. Southwest families are
participating in the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind
— Operation Christmas Child — an effort that has hand-delivered 86
million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993.
This year-round project of Samaritan’s Purse is coming to its
peak, as local businesses, churches and schools prepare to collect
gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21.
Participants can drop off their shoe box gifts at Smoky Hill
Vineyard Church which is bustling with activity to help kids in 100
countries know they are loved and not forgotten.
LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:
Smoky Hill Vineyard Church
20050 E Smoky Hill Road
Operating Hours: Mon: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat: 8
a.m. - 11 a.m. Sun: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mon: Not Collecting
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian
relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, uses whatever
means necessary to reach suffering children around the world with
these gifts of hope, including sea containers, trucks, trains,
airplanes, boats, camels and dog sleds.
Tracking technology also allows donors to “follow” their box to
the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child
in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination
country, use the Follow Your Box donation form found at
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED:
PREPARE — Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community
groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for
needy children worldwide.
PACK — Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity
items and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing
instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
PROCESS — Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers
at the collection site in Centennial as part of the effort to
prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged
kids on six continents.
For more information on how to participate in Operation
Christmas Child, call (303) 745-9179 or visit
www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. National Collection Week for
gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 14-21; however, shoe box gifts are
collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone,
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