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First Community Church will collect shoebox gifts for needy children worldwide

BUCKEYE LAKE – First Community Church in Buckeye Lake will again serve as a dropoff location for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child-the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 14 – 21, Buckeye Lake area residents will donate shoeboxes-filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball-for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world. This year, Buckeye Lake residents hope to contribute over 1,000 shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“The shoebox gifts donated by Buckeye Lake volunteers will serve as tangible expressions of God’s love to children living in poverty overseas,” said Buckeye Lake volunteer Kelly Vaughn, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for several years. “Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances feel loved and not forgotten.”

First Community Church is located at 4381 Walnut Road (Ohio 79) in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Collection hours are:

• Monday-Friday, Nov. 14- 18, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 20, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (937) 374-0761 or visit

By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

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