Tri-County's first Operation Christmas Child campaign kickoff Saturday

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Youth, families, church and community groups located in the Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties are invited to participate in kickoff of the Operation Christmas Child mission project.

The event is Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 a.m. on the banks of the Suwanee River. The day will open with participants hearing from a shoebox recipient and a local teen who participated in a shoebox distribution to the Philippines this summer.

All of the items to fill the shoeboxes will be provided. There will be live music from the Camp Andy Band. Attendees should bring $5 per person to cover the cost of a hot breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and drinks available all day.

The party will be at Camp Anderson, 536 NW 168th Ave, Old Town. and is open to the public and local community groups. All are welcome to experience the joy of generosity. Attendees should register at www.campanderson.org/operations-christmas-child. Local volunteers expect the party to generate 6,000 shoeboxes, contributing to the area-wide goal this year of 8,855.

 For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call 352-472-3101, email flatwoods75@gmail.com or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.