Local volunteers will collect simple shoe box gifts, personally packed by children, families and individuals, for Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 17-24, at Chapel by the Lake.
From Juneau, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary - sea containers, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels, even dog sleds - to reach suffering children around the world.
"Whenever I shop for my family, I add something for someone else's family," said Cheryl Peirson, Northwest regional manager for Operation Christmas Child. "Packing shoe boxes is so important because the kids who receive them have nothing."
Collection times at Chapel by the Lake are as follows: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20-21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 22-23, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24.
Local representatives hope to collect 3,000 gift-filled shoe boxes during the collection week.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 61 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, contact Chapel by the Lake at 800-596-2458 or the national organization at 253-572-1155 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.