Christmas child boxes Nov. 23 deadline nears

— Each year area churches participate in an international program to reach children with a bit of Christmas cheer and the Gospel of Jesus Christ all packed in a shoebox.

Sunnyside First Baptist Church is among the Lower Valley churches working on Operation Christmas Child, an outreach mission of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse, according to Pam Burton, a local program organizer. She said the Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection campaign typically runs from Nov. 16-23.

This coming Sunday, churches will be collecting the shoeboxes, which have been filled with a toy, puzzles, school supplies, hygiene items and a note from the giver, Burton explained.


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