Operation Christmas Child: Mukilteo collection site opens to receive gift-filled shoe boxes

Nov 12, 2012
Courtesy of: Operation Christmas Child Drop off a packed shoe box at the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church this week as part of Operation Christmas Child to give a gift to a child in need, like these little ones, above, from Cameroon.

This holiday season, Mukilteo residents are working to brighten the lives of millions of needy children around the world.

Right now, volunteers are preparing for the collection of more than 5,700 gift-filled shoe boxes—Mukilteo’s target contribution to the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child.

Nov. 12–19, Mukilteo Presbyterian Church in Mukilteo will be bustling with activity as more than 5,700 shoe boxes packed full of goodies for needy kids overseas are dropped off by local individuals and families.

The collection center will be transformed into a Christmas workshop as it is filled with colorfully wrapped gifts from Mukilteo residents bound for hurting children worldwide.

Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Mukilteo collection site (address and hours below). Then, using whatever means necessary—trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants—the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world.

Mukilteo collection site:

Mukilteo Presbyterian Church

4514 84th St. S.W.

Mukilteo, WA 98275

1-800-353-5949

Monday, Nov. 12- Friday, Nov. 16: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Additional local collection sites can be found using the online Zip Code locator at www.samaritanspurse.org.

In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993.

During that time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries.

This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes. Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and not forgotten.

For many children, the shoe box gift will be the first gift they have ever received.

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology to allow participants to “follow” their box to the destination country where it will be given to a child in need.

To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the “Follow Your Box” donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 253-572-1155 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 12-19; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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