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Local Volunteers Hope To Collect 20,500 Shoebox Gifts

NOV. 12 – 19: SOUTHERN MARYLAND OPENS DROP-OFF SITES FOR INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT

Local Families Make Global Impact Through Operation Christmas Child
Southern Maryland October 22, 2018—This month, 6 sites in the tri-county area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

Families, churches, and groups from Southern Maryland are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Southern Maryland residents hope to collect more than 20,500 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas,” said Area Coordinator Sheryl Hartsfield, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for 10 years. “These simple gifts show God’s love to children facing difficult circumstances.”

To find the closest Drop Off Location: visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/

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