Brooklyn opens collection sites for global Christmas project

From Nov. 18-25, Brooklyn Residents Will Pack Joy into Shoeboxes for Needy Children Overseas

November 13, 2013 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Brooklyn individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Brooklyn residents prepare to collect 2,600 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 18–25).

At local collection sites in the Brooklyn area, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Then, using whatever means necessary—trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants—the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received.

 

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BROOKLYN COLLECTION SITES:

Action In Christ International, 157 Leonard Street (at Stagg St.)

Operating Hours: Mon. Nov. 18 – Fri. Nov. 22: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. Nov. 23 – Sun. Nov. 24: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Mon. Nov. 25: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Christian Heritage Church, 1100 East 42nd Street (between Ave. I & Ave. J)

Operating Hours: Mon. Nov. 18 – Fri. Nov. 22: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat. Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 24: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Mon. Nov. 25: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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Greenwood Baptist Church, 461 6th Street (between 6th Ave. and 7th Ave.)

Operating Hours: Mon. Nov. 18: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Tues. Nov. 19 – Wed. Nov. 20: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Thurs. Nov. 21: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat. Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 24: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Mon. Nov. 25: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith Street (between Livingston St. and Fulton St.)

Operating Hours: Mon. Nov 18: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Tues. Nov. 19: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Wed. Nov. 20: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Thurs. Nov. 21: 5 p.m. – 8p.m.; Fri. Nov. 22: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Sat. Nov 23: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 24: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Mon. Nov. 25: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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For more information regarding these collection locations, call 1-800-567-8580. 

Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org. Donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

 


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