A young boy receives a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child. CONTRIBUTED

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause uncertainty, Samaritan’s Purse is calling on churches and families to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child — making sure millions of children experience the holiday. 

The Samaritan’s Purse project has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a mission project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. 

Simply pack shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Then, bring them to one of more than 4,000 drop-off Locations during National Collection Week from Nov. 16 to 23.  During collection week there will be three local sites open in the South Dade/Florida Keys area:  Mt. Calvary Community Faith Church (Florida City), First Baptist Church of Key Largo, MM 99, oceanside and Marathon Church of God, 800 74th St. Hours of collection for these sites will be announced later.  
More information is available from Cindy Smith, area church/community relations team member, at 305-923-9984, or at www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child.

The Operations Christmas Child team in the South Dade/Florida Keys area. FILE PHOTO

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