Gifts

Collection of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will end on Monday.

The area drop-off location for shoeboxes is Central Baptist Church at 207 West Union, Magnolia.

Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The final collection day is 9 a.m. to noon Monday, November 21.

The collection site will follow COVID-19 guidelines for the wearing of protective gear and masks at the curbside drop-off point.

Other drop-off locations with similar operating hours are:

Camden, Calvary Baptist Church, 319 Highway 278E.

Hope, First Baptist Church, 315 S. Main.

El Dorado, Immanuel Baptist Church, 3209 W. Hillsboro.

Homer, LA, First Baptist Church, 306 W. Main.

Minden, LA, First Baptist Church, 301 Pennsylvania Ave.

The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts -- filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items -- and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Anyone can pack a shoebox. Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls.

During National Collection Week, Samaritan’s Purse will collect the gift-filled shoeboxes at nearly 5,000 drop-off locations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

CLICK HERE to learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, get your Follow Your Box label and find the nearest drop-off location.

Do not include candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through Follow Your Box and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Spain, New Zealand and Japan.

Nearly 500,000 volunteers worldwide -- with more than 150,000 of those in the U.S. -- are involved in collecting, shipping and distributing shoebox gifts.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Samaritan’s Purse currently works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

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