Operation Christmas Child: Collecting for Samaritan's Purse shoe boxes

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This week is Operation Christmas Child's gift collection week. Kristin and her husband, Zak Mitchell Jr., are both youth ministers at the church.

The project, a ministry of Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse, delivers the shoeboxes to children in need in 160 countries and territories, aiming for December 25.

Caring people around the country can collect shoe box gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

We start and close each day with prayer, we pray for the children who will receive the shoeboxes, and we offer to pray with donors or anyone else who comes through our doors. Shoeboxes can be dropped-off from Monday, Nov. 13, through Monday, Nov. 20. I think about how our fingerprints cover these boxes and our prayers are spoken over these gifts. A suggested $9 donation covers shipping costs but is not required.

"I can't go to the mission field at my age, but I can be part of this program. I mean, who doesn't love giving out gifts?" said Barrett. "It is because of his love that we are doing this".

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This is Dove Christian Center's second year as the Operation Christmas Child collection center in Rapid City. Local collection of the Christmas boxes is underway through Monday at Unity Baptist Church's multi-purpose building. This marks the 18th year that Coweta County has participated in Operation Christmas Child.

So they can be delivered to these smiling faces across the globe. There, the boxes are prepared to be delivered to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

"It's humbling", Theresa Johnson, the project manager at the church, said.

It may only be mid-November, but some people are getting into the holiday spirit a little early to help out some children in need with Operation Christmas Child.

This week, they're collecting those boxes and several locations in the Tri-State will serve as drop-off sites. "God knows the box each child will receive".

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