Operation Christmas Child collection nears

Staff Report

It’s time again for Fulton County residents to pack shoe boxes with both helpful and fun items for less fortunate children throughout the world.

From Nov. 13-19, North Clinton Church at 831 W. Linfoot St. in Wauseon will accept gift-packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The annual global project distributes clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and toys to children in remote areas of the world, as well as war-torn regions.

The drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 2015, 11.2 million shoe boxes were packed with gifts globally, 8.7 million of those from the United States. The effort requires 500,000 volunteers worldwide in countries like Australia, Germany, Spain, England, Canada, Switzerland, and Austria, to name a few.

The local drop-off center packed over 1,800 shoe boxes last year. Those who would like to donate but do not have shoe boxes, can go to the North Clinton Church office to get a box.

Shoe boxes can be packed with personal hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes, and wash cloths; school supplies that include crayons; clothing such as underwear and shoes; and toys like miniature cars, yo-yos, and musical instruments.

Prohibited items include toothpaste, candy, food, military toys, breakable items, and liquids.

Shoe boxes are packed for either a boy or girl in age categories 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years.

Complete information and instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.

Staff Report