Christmas is arriving early in Helena-West Helena, as Faith Outreach Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.  Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts.

 

Christmas is arriving early in Helena-West Helena, as Faith Outreach Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.  Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts.
 Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Helena-West Helena residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  From Helena-West Helena, the shoebox gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around the world.
 Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.  To register shoebox gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org.
 
LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:
          
Faith Outreach Church
1430 Springdale Road
West Helena, AR 72390
(870) 572-5673
Today: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Wed: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Fri: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sat: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sun: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mon: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  Last year, Faith Outreach Church contributed 315 to join the Operation Christmas Child effort.  This year, organizers hope to collect over 340 gift-filled shoeboxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED:
 
• PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoebox gifts for needy children worldwide.
• PACK—Fill shoeboxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement.  Step-by-step shoebox packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.
• PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in Helena-West Helena as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoebox gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 1-800-353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.  National Collection Week is Nov. 15-22.