Churches collecting shoeboxes this week

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Three Wilson County churches will serve as drop-off sites for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift project this week, along with churches in Bailey and Tarboro.

Area residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys during Operation Christmas Child’s national collection week Nov. 13-20. Shoeboxes will be delivered to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

Local organizers in the Upper Eastern North Carolina Area Team hope to contribute more than 25,000 shoebox gifts toward Samaritan’s Purse’s 2017 goal of reaching 12 million children around the world.

Shoeboxes can be delivered to First Free Will Baptist Church at 4685 Nash St. NW from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. Nov, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 and to Wilson Community Church, 2301 Montgomery Drive W., from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15, 16, 17, 18 and 20 and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

In Elm City, Wilbanks Christian Church at 6128 N.C. 42 will collect shoeboxes from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 and 20 and 1-6 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19.

Bailey Baptist Church, 6646 Deans St., will take drop-offs from 16, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 15 and 17, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 19 and 9-11 a.m. Nov. 20.

First Baptist Church of Tarboro at 605 N. Main St. will accept deliveries from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 20.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 704-583-1463 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.