Shoebox collections start Monday
Operation Christmas Child collects gifts of shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys, and delivers them to children from a war-torn or disaster-stricken region of the world. For many of the children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
Local sites will be open next week to accept shoeboxes.
PACK A SHOEBOX
Follow these steps to participate in Operation Christmas Child:
r Find a medium-sized cardboard shoebox or plastic shoebox and choose to pack it for a boy or girl, then decide the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
r Fill the shoebox with new items like small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and a “wow” item. Items that can’t be included are candy, toothpaste, used or damaged items, war-related toys, food or liquids.
r Gift-wrap the shoebox, if you wish, but do not seal it closed. (Try rubber bands to keep the box and lid together.)
r You may enclose a personal note and photo, with contact information, if you would like.
r To help defer shipping costs, give a suggested donation of $9, by either placing the donation in your shoebox or using the online giving option “Follow Your Box.” With “Follow Your Box,” you can print the tracking barcode label and attach it to the outside lid of the shoebox so you can discover the destination country of your shoebox gift. (Find “Follow Your Box” under “Look-Up Tool” on samaritanspurse.org/occ.) The same online donation and tracking barcode label can be used for multiple shoebox gifts. Try not to place tape over the tracking barcode.
r Learn more about how to pack a shoebox gift, view gift suggestions, get current OCC news, get your Follow Your Box label, and find your nearest OCC drop-off location at samaritanspurse.org/occ.
An app is available for download at samaritanspurse.org/occ-mobile-app.
IN LOCK HAVEN
House of the Lord Fellowship Church
201 W. Main St.
Newly announced hours:
Monday, Nov. 13 — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 — 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16 — 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 — 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 — 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 — 9-10 a.m. & 1-6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20 — 9-11 a.m.
Lock Haven’s OCC area coordinator Sarah Snyder may be reached at 570-748-6455, @HOTLFchurch, @FullGospelFellowship, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on the website www.houseofthelordfellowship.org.
IN JERSEY SHORE
Life Tree Church
500 River Road
Monday, Nov. 13 — 9-11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 — 9-11 a.m. & 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 — 9-11 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16 — 9-11 a.m. & 6-8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 — 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 — 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 — 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20 — 9-11 a.m.
IN BELLEFONTE AREA
Trinity Reformed Church
355 Hublersburg Road
Monday, Nov. 13 — 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 — 2-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 — 2-7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16 — 2-7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 — 2-7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 — 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 — Noon-5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20 — 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
IN SPRING MILLS
Faith Alive Fellowship
4394 Penns Valley Road
Monday, Nov. 13 — 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 — 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 — 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16 — 4-6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 — 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 — 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 — 1-4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20 — 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and is the world’s largest Christmas child project of its kind.