OHIO VALLEY — From Nov. 16 to Nov. 23 locations across Gallia and Meigs counties will serve as local drop-off spots for Operation Christmas Child.
According to their website, Operation Christmas Child was first founded in 1993 and is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, which was founded in 1970. Volunteers will collect non-perishable goods, toys, clothes and other items for a child of a certain age and place these items in a shoe box.
Shoe boxes ship out to various locations around the world as Christmas gifts to children in underprivileged areas. Specific requested items are toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement from those who donate. This year, project coordinators for Gallia and Meigs are Mark Williams, Bronwyn Williams, Kailyn Browning and Lyn Richard, who hope to collect 2,300 shoe box gifts to deliver.
Bronwyn Williams said that any donation can change the life of a child.
“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Middleport can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world,” Williams said. “Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances.”
Hope Baptist Church, 570 Grant St., Middleport, will receive donations 1-4 p.m. every day between Nov. 16-Nov. 23. Reach them at 740-992-5334. French City Baptist, 3554 State Route 160, Gallipolis, will receive donations from noon to 4 p.m. every day between Nov. 16-22, and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 23. Reach them at 740-446-3331.
Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenney Memorial Lane, Albany, will receive donations between 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 16-17; 1:30-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18; 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 19; 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-3 p.m. Nov. 20; 1-4 p.m. Nov. 21; and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 22-23. Reach them at 740-698-2292.
Coolville United Methodist Church, 26460 Main St., Coolville, will receive donations between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16; 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18-19; 3-5 p.m. Nov. 20; 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 21; and 1-3 p.m. Nov. 22-23. Reach them at 740-667-6672.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.