Drop-off dates set for Operation Christmas Child

MIAMI COUNTY — This month, several sites in the area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

Piqua families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, local residents hope to collect more than 21,850 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director David Zimmerman, “These simple gifts show God’s love to children facing difficult circumstances.”

The collection site in Troy will be Grace Baptist Church, 1400 N. Market St. where hours will be 5-8 p.m. Nov. 12-16; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 17; 12-2 p.m. Nov. 18; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19.

Other collection sites in Miami County can be found at https://sampur.se/2fzgxw7.