Local civic group, church and business leaders will kick off the upcoming collection season with 710,000 gift filled shoeboxes expected to be packed by Mid-South area residents this year for needy children overseas through Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child will host a workshop at 10 a.m. at Knoxville Baptist Church, 110, E. Fairview Road, Williamstown, KY 41097 on Saturday, August 30. This meeting is for community members designated as their church, school or community group's organizer of shoeboxes. Attendees will gain new shoebox packing ideas and learn about the journey of a shoebox from local hands to the hands of a child.
During the week of November 17-24, shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies and hygiene items will be collected at convenient drop-off locations, the first stop on a journey across the world for thousands of gifts sent to hurting children overseas using whatever means necessary---boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in more than 150 countries. In 2014 , Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 10 million children, with a local goal of 710,000.