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Boxes with gifts for Operation Christmas Child sit at the front of Stanfield Baptist Church in the weeks leading up to National Collection Week in November 2019.

More than 4,000 locations will now offer a curbside drop-off option for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23.

According to a news release, Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide for more than two decades.

There’s still time for individuals, families, and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts, partnering with local churches to provide “tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need.” Find a step-by-step guide on How to Pack a Shoebox at https://samaritanspurse.org/.

“In the midst of the pandemic, the needs are greater than ever before,” Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, said in a statement. “Children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope. A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Hermiston-area residents can drop off boxes at New Hope Community Church, 1350 S. Highway 395, Hermiston, or find other locations on the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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