Local churches are passionate about the Operation Christmas Child ministry

operation_christmas_childWith National Collection Week going on this week, Nov. 17-23, local churches are holding shoebox dedication services and getting all of their boxes ready for shipping. A few local pastors and church members shared why this is an important ministry for their church: Continue reading

Packing up OCC Shoeboxes…

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Pepper Sisson is packing up the shoeboxes collected from Bellefontaine United Methodist Church this weekend to take to the Webster County Collection Center during National Collection Week, Nov. 17-23. The Webster County Collection Center is located at the church office building of First Baptist Church of Mathiston. The Webster County Collection Center will be open:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 3-6 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. until noon and 1-4 p.m.;
  • Friday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. until noon;
  • Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9-11 a.m.;
  • Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1-3 p.m.; and
  • Monday, Nov. 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

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Getting ready for Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week the third week of November

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Shellie Herring and Judy Thompson of First Baptist Church of Eupora, Miss., are creating a Shoebox Tree in preparation for Sunday’s “Blessing of the Shoeboxes,” that will be held in churches nationwide this weekend.

Shoebox packing parties and Sunday morning’s “Blessing of the Shoeboxes” are part of special church-wide efforts to send the LOVE of God and special Christmas gifts to needy children around the world through Operation Christmas.

Once boxes have been blessed at church, volunteers pack them up and send them to local Collection Centers. A Collection Center should be located in every county. They are typically sponsored by a local church.

National Shoebox Collection Week is always the third week of November. Volunteers collect boxes during National Collection Week, and send them to regional offices, where boxes are checked to make sure inappropriate items are not in the boxes, shipping costs are collected and shoeboxes are packed to be shipped to various countries.

Other shoeboxes are created
For drop-off locations, go to the website at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ and type in your zip code for the nearest Collection Center.

See this photo in the November 11, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/11/20/occ-collection-week-underway/