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By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA – The amazing journey of a shoebox begins with Floydada residents. There is still time to pack a shoebox as the Operation Christmas Child official collection week is Nov. 16-22.
First Baptist Church has been the collection site for Operation Christmas Child for 12-15 years. According to the Samaritan’s Purse website, more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox over the last 27 years.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. With the help local churches worldwide, Operation Christmas Child can impact innumerable lives across the globe.
“As of Thursday, Nov. 12, we have a total of 225 shoeboxes and the collection week hasn’t even started. Last year we collected 969 boxes from
Floydada and surrounding counties,” OCC drop-off coordinator, Ludustia Prisk said.
First Baptist Church Floydada has shoeboxes that may be picked up to be filled, or residents may use their own. When wrapping, allow the box to open as additional items will be added for the children. Shoeboxes are also available to purchase at Hobby Lobby.
Every shoebox needs a $9 donation to provide for collecting, processing, shipping, and other project costs. When this donation is made online, donor will receive a special label. Attach the label to the shoebox, and use Operation Christmas Child’s Look-up Tool to find out the country where the box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love.
Due to COVID there will be curbside pickup. Once you arrive at the church, please call the office and we will direct you where to go.
Once the collection of boxes is complete at FBC and packed into large cartons, FBC will deliver the cartons to the central drop-off location at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock. There the cartons are loaded onto the trailer and taken to the processing center in Dallas.
For further information, call Ludustia at 806-983-3755 or email [email protected]
The drop-off times available are Monday through Thursday, Nov. 16-19, from 8:30 a.m.-noon. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21 by calling the FBC office to set up an appointment. On Sunday, Nov. 22 drop off during regular church activities, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.