Share This Page

Operation Christmas Child to start collections next week

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

Connellsville area individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.

Volunteers will be ready at local collection sites, including in Connellsville and Normalville, beginning Monday.

Officials said volunteers will collect an anticipated 1,700 gift-filled shoe boxes next week, which is National Collection Week.

Locally, collections will be held at the World Christian Outreach Ministries in Connellsville and Clinton Church of God in Normalville. Anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoe box to send to a child overseas at these collection locations.

The boxes are taken to the Samaritan's Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C., and will be delivered to children worldwide.

“Imagine the joy on the face of a child as he or she opens a brightly wrapped shoe box and sees the colors of the new items inside,” said Ruth Smith, relay site coordinator for the location in Connellsville. “These children live far from civilization, there are no retail stores. They don't ever shop or see new things. They don't have a lot of happiness. Many of the shoe boxes go to war-torn countries. Receiving a shoe box is a tremendous joy for them.”

Most of the shoe boxes come from organizations and church groups, but any family or individual can pack one or more shoe boxes and bring them to either drop off point next week. Those who are unable to shop for contents to fill a box can contribute funds to help with shipping costs. Those donations can be dropped off at either site next week.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.