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Shoebox Donations


Pittsburg families, churches and groups are not waiting until Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude. Instead, this week they are giving back by lovingly packing gifts of joy for children around the world living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received. Nov. 16 - 23, Pittsburg residents will pack shoebox gifts filled with a "Wow" item-like a doll or soccer ball-and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, will deliver the gifts to children in need overseas. Pittsburg area residents can visit here to find sites that will serve as collection points in the area.

"We have so much to be thankful for here in America. Most of us have a roof over our heads, beds with pillows to sleep on, and food on our table. But for many children living overseas, tough living conditions and extreme poverty have left them with little hope," said Operation Christmas Child Regional Director Joe Christian. "It is amazing to see the joy on children's faces when they receive these gifts. It can be a tangible reminder that they are loved and not forgotten, despite their difficult circumstances."

After being dropped off at a local collection site, these boxes will make the long journey overseas, traveling by any means necessary-boat, plane, train and even elephant-until they reach the hands of children in need. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach more than 11 million children. Since 1993, the project has delivered shoebox gifts to more than 124 million children in over 150 countries and territories. 

Pittsburg Drop-Off Location:  Family Life Assembly of God (1234 North Rouse Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762)

Tue, Nov. 17: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Wed, Nov. 18: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Thu, Nov. 19: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Fri, Nov. 20: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Sun, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Mon, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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