This month, First Baptist Church in Clinton will serve as a drop-off location for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting shoebox gifts for children in need around the world.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Clinton residents can transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. After being dropped off, Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children living in poverty overseas. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

“We are thrilled to open our doors and participate in this community-wide effort. These simple gifts send a message of hope and show God’s love to children who are facing difficult circumstances,” said Becky Martin of Clinton]. Martin will serve as the drop-off site leader for First Baptist Church, which aims to collect 1500 shoebox gifts to contribute toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children in need.

Collection site: First Baptist Church, 211 First Baptist Rd, Clinton

Collection hours:

Monday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 8 -10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4 -6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 12-2 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17, 9 -11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 12-2 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20, 8 - 10 a.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, visit Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.