Operation Christmas Child starts

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. 12-18, North Clinton Church, 831 W. Linfoot St., in Wauseon will accept gift-packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. 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.

Drop-off hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shoe boxes for packing are available at the church office.

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

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

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

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

In 2017, the local drop-off center packed over 1,800 shoe boxes. In 2015, 11.2 million shoe boxes were packed globally, 8.7 million from the United States.

Staff report