Fresno and Clovis churches are taking part this week in the national collection for Operation Christmas Child, a campaign where shoeboxes are filled with gifts, school supplies and hygiene items for children living in poverty around the world.
The collection week continues through Monday, Nov. 20. A list of drop-off locations is available online at samaritanspurse.org.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. Its Fresno-area team hopes to collect more than 26,600 filled shoeboxes, which will be part of the overall effort to help 12 million children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
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Operation Christmas Child has more than 150,000 volunteers and has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes since 1993 to children in more than 160 countries and territories.