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First Methodist Church is now a drop-off location for shoe box gifts benefiting Operation Christmas Child.
Boxes individuals or churches pack during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25, will be received by the church. Operation Christmas Child uses shoe boxes filled with goodies to demonstrate God’s love to children in need around the world and is the largest Christmas project of its kind.
“I anticipate a good participation from throughout Stephens County,” said Lavonna Funkhouser, Duncan Relay Center coordinator for Operation Christmas Child.
“I know some churches stopped participating because they didn’t have a convenient place to take their boxes.”
Funkhouser said FUMC will welcome boxes from anyone, whether they have packed a few or more than 100. The boxes will be shipped to Lawton, then to Dallas for processing and onto one of many countries served by Operation Christmas Child, which is a project of Samaritan’s Purse international relief organization.
“The shoe boxes will most likely be shipped to Guyana, Mexico, and Togo,” said Funkhouser.
The gifts are received by children in impoverished areas of more than 100 countries. More than 100 million gifts have been distributed in the 20 years that OCC has been operating.
“I'm always available to speak to community groups who might want to get involved either by packing boxes or by helping with the Relay Center during collection week,” Funkhouser said.
To contact Funkhouser, call 580-475-8302.