While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, local volunteers with Operation Christmas Child,the world's largest Christmas project of its kind,are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. This year-round project of international relief aid organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect 2,984 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12 – 19).
Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Pawtucket collection site (address and hours below). Then, using whatever means necessary ,trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants—the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world.
PAWTUCKET COLLECTION SITE:
Woodlawn Baptist Church
337 Lonsdale Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Mon - Nov 12: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tues - Nov 13: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wed - Nov 14: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs - Nov 15: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri - Nov 16: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat - Nov 17: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun - Nov 18: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Additional local collection sites can be found using the online Zip Code locator at www.samaritanspurse.org.