This week is Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child national collection week and there is a local organization serving as a drop off location.
Happiness can be found in a shoebox thanks to the Choctaw County Baptist Association.
The organization is taking shoebox donations for Samaritans Purse “Operation Christmas Child”.
“Operation Christmas child is a product of the Samaritan’s purse organization and its where people take boxes and fill them for children for Christmas and they put different things in there”, said Cindy Dykes, secretary of the Choctaw County Baptist Association.
There are rules and guidelines you must follow, on what you are can place in the shoeboxes for donation.
“ We used to could put candy, we can no longer put candy, but like toothbrushes, wash cloths, soap, hair brushes, little toys, no military toys, because some countries really don’t want children to have those things, so we try to go by those guidelines and you can go online and find all of those guidelines. But anything you can get in there, and a lot of the boxes as you can see are pretty stuffed”, said Dykes.
The shoeboxes will make their way out of the country and sometimes into the hands of a child on another continent.
“The boxes go to show a child that somebody else, somewhere around the world, loves them, and that God’s love has come through that box to them”, said Dykes
You can drop off your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes Monday through Friday From 8:30 AM To 4:00 PM
Samaritan’s Purse can provide you with a tracking QR code, if you are interested in seeing where your shoebox donation is delivered.