September 2, 2014

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Operation Christmas Child kick-off Print E-mail

This is an exciting year for Pendleton County Operation Christmas Child. Butler Baptist Church is hosting a local kick-off event and is returning as a drop-off location for shoeboxes during National Collection Week. Coordinator Beulah Winkle is looking forward to meeting the folks of Pendleton County and surrounding areas.

The kick-off will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 at Butler Baptist Church, 107 Peoples Street, Butler, Ky.

During National Collection Week, November 18-25, shoebox gifts can be dropped off at one of the Northern Kentucky area locations. These collection centers are the first stop on a journey around the world for thousands of gifts packed by local residents. The boxes are then processed, prepared and delivered to hurting children overseas using whatever means necessary - boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse headed by Franklin Graham, has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts since 1993. Through simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn they are loved and not forgotten. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013, with 20,000 coming from the seven county Northern Kentucky area.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to find the nearest drop-off site, call 859-907-9866 or visit National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 18-25; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.