Operation Christmas Child kicks off in November

By Claire Huerta
Special to The SUN
During November, several locations in the multicounty Four Corners Colorado Area Team will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child — joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoe boxes for children in need around the world.
During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, Pagosa Springs residents will transform empty shoe boxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.
Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoe box gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
This year, the Four Corners Colorado Area Team hopes to contribute more than 5,150 shoe box gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoe boxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director Paul Fischbach. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”
The drop-off site for Pagosa Springs is CrossRoad Christian Fellowship, 1044 Park Ave. Dates and times are:
• Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nov. 19, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
• Nov. 20, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

This story was posted on October 28, 2017.