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Albany area collecting boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Albany volunteers expect to send about 9,000 gift boxes to the organization

Volunteers work at a recent packing party as they prepare Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to be shipped to Samaritan’s Purse in Atlanta. (Special photo)

Volunteers work at a recent packing party as they prepare Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to be shipped to Samaritan’s Purse in Atlanta. (Special photo)

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The Sherwood Christian Academy student council helped collect shoe boxes for this year’s donation. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Sherwood Baptist Church is collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child. The official drop-off site for Albany and surrounding areas is the former Coca-Coca Company bottling plant, located at 925 Pine Ave.

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry conducted by Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian organization headed by Franklin Graham.

Each November, thousands of churches, groups and individual donors prepare and collect shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items and other small gifts. These boxes are then distributed in more than 100 countries to needy children.

Donations are being accepted through Monday at the drop-off site. Already this year, volunteers have collected thousands of boxes from the community and shipped them to Atlanta for processing.

“We will probably end up sending about 9,000 boxes from this area,” said volunteer coordinator Connie Thomas.

One standard-size shoe box can make a valuable difference in the life of a child. Item suggestions for boxes include toys, school supplies, hygiene products and clothing items. A donation of $7 is requested in order to cover the costs of shipping and handling.

Items that should not be included are liquids, war-related items or military figures, medications, out-of-date food and breakable items.

Suggestions and specific instructions for packing a shoe box can be found at http://www.samaritanspurse.org.

For more information, contact Thomas at (229) 344-1338.