A grand opening ceremony was held on Monday morning for a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child at First Baptist Church in Brandenburg.
The Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts‑filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way. Since 1993, 179 million shoeboxes have been distributed in 163 countries. More than 10.5 million shoebox gifts were collected in 2019 from the United States, Australia, Spain, Finland, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom. More than 8.9 million shoebox gifts were collected in the United States in 2019, and more than 750,000 were collected in the mid-south region.
Drop offs at First Baptist Church this year will be curbside. Meade County’s drop-off goal is 700 shoeboxes this year. Drop-off center hours at the church are Nov. 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m and 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Additionally, the church has free Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to give to anyone who would like to prepare one. However, participants are also welcome to use their own shoeboxes.
The Greatest Journey is a discipleship program that children receive along with their shoeboxes. A portion of the $9 donation for each box is used to buy the literature and training for the Greatest Journey Discipleship Program.
To pack a shoebox online, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline. First Baptist Church has a goal page of 20 boxes.