Operation Christmas Child collecting boxes this week

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In 1993, Franklin Graham, International President of Samaritan’s Purse, adopted Operation Christmas Child.  Since then, more than 94 million shoe boxes have been distributed to children between 2-14 years of age.  In Fiji, last year, a young boy named Ajay sat quietly with his head down and his hands in his lap. One of the workers handing out shoe boxes saw Ajay and went over to help him.  She soon learned that Ajay was almost blind and had recently lost his mother.  As she assisted Ajay in opening his box tears began to come in her eyes.

Right on top of the contents inside the box was a magnifying glass.  She then showed Ajay how he could read with the assistance of the magnifying glass.  God truly directed this box to this specific child.

You can be among the many organizations, churches and individuals who are actively involved collecting shoeboxes filled with a variety of items like toys, shoes, t-shirts, hats, school supplies, etc. These shoe boxes are distributed all over the world, and for some of these children this is the  

first Christmas gift they have ever received.

Please bring shoeboxes to the following locations this week (Nov. 18-22):

• Bronson — First Baptist Church, 460 S. Court St., 2-4 p.m. weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday;

• Cedar Key — First Baptist Church, 717  Second St., 6-7 p.m. weekdays and Sat, 10 a.m.-noon;

• Chiefland — Hardeetown Baptist Church, 1716 N.W. 14 St., 2-5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday;

• Ft White — Celebration Community Church, 174 S.W. Morning Star Glen, 10 a.m.-noon weekdays and Saturday, 8-10 a.m.

• High Springs — First Baptist Church, 20112 N. U.S. Highway 441,12:30-2 p.m. weekdays, Saturday and Sunday;

• Mayo — Cornerstone Baptist Church, 796 W. Main St., noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. weekdays;

• Trenton — Bethel Baptist Church, 7070 S.W. County Road 334A, 2-3 p.m. weekdays and Saturday; and

• Williston — First Baptist Church, 339 E. Noble Ave., 4-7 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and Sunday.

Last year the 10-county area collected over 17,000 shoe boxes.  

This year, Operation Christmas Child could surpass 100 million shoe box gifts, packed and distributed, since 1993.