Blaine Christian Church begins fundraising for Operation Christmas Child

BLAINE TWP. – In November, Blaine’s Christian Church again serves as a collection site where residents of Benzie and Manistee counties can bring their Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes filled with freebies, for children in need around the world .

Each box must be packed with toys, school supplies, personal care items, encouragement notes and $ 9 to help with shipping costs (check payable to “Samaritan’s Purse”).

They can be dropped off at the church, located at 7018 Putney Road in Arcadia.

“Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances,” according to a press release.

Everyone can participate.

“Each Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift will take an incredible trip around the world and will be delivered to the hands of a child in need,” a press release read. “From the youngest to the oldest, the locals pack shoe boxes every year. Parents often use the project to teach their children to give. Most of the children who receive these boxes live in poverty. For some, the gift of a single pencil equals one year of the opportunity to go to school.

Blaine Christian Church will collect the filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, November 15-22. People are asked to bring boxes to church during these collection days and times:

• November 15 from 3 pm to 5.30 pm;

• November 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• November 17 from 3 pm to 5.30 pm;

• Nov. 18 from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Nov 19, 20 and 21 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and

• November 22 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Completed shoe boxes will be boxed and shipped on time for delivery before Christmas. Thanks to this local collection site, residents of Benzie and Manistee counties can once again give away thousands of shoe boxes full of gifts.

For directions to the church, call 231-352-9148 or 231-499-6788.

Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered shoeboxes full of gifts to millions of children in over 150 countries as part of Operation Christmas Child. For many of these children, it is the first gift they receive.

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

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