Scottsdale to open collection sites for world-wide Christmas project

Shoebox distribution in the Dominican Republic (Photo by Operation Christmas Child)

Shoebox distribution in the Dominican Republic (Photo by Operation Christmas Child)

This month, four locations in Scottsdale and one in Fountain Hills will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is one enjoyed by Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale 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,” stated Scottsdale project coordinator Cheryl Johnson, in a press release.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, Scottsdale residents hope to contribute more than 6,200 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Donation sites are:

Scottsdale Bible Church Hayden Chapel, 7901 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale

  • Nov. 16: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 18: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Harvest Bible Chapel, 4848 E. Cactus Road #700 in Scottsdale

  • Nov. 16: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 17: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 18: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 19: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 21: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: 9 – 11 a.m.

Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale

  • Nov. 16: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 18: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: 8 – 10 a.m.

Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in Scottsdale

  • Nov. 16: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 18: 2 – 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 13770 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills

  • Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: 9- 11 a.m.
A young child from Liberia (Photo by Operation Christmas Child)

A young child from Liberia (Photo by Operation Christmas Child)

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories, the release stated. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call 602-750-5408. With a computer or mobile device, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Go to samaritanspurse.org/occ to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox. These gifts of hope will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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