BOUNTIFUL – As in years past, Davis County residents will step up to help give needy children around the world a Merry Christmas.
Again this year, Operation Christmas Child has two relay centers in Davis County where residents may drop off shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for children living in more than 130 countries.
Drop off at both centers will run during National Collection Week, Monday, Nov. 18 through Nov. 25
The Bountiful Relay Center will again be at the First Southern Baptist Church of Bountiful, 696 N. 400 East. Hours there will be Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22, from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 25, hours will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Calvary Chapel Wasatch Front, 564 S. 800 East, is serving as the relay center for north Davis County. Hours there will be Monday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, from noon-5 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 25, hours will be 9-11 a.m.
To pack a shoe box, use an empty cardboard or plastic shoe box. Participants may wrap the lid separately, but wrapping is not required.
Decide if the gift will be for a boy or girl and the age range: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print an appropriate boy/girl label from samaritanspurse.org and mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of the box.
Fill the box with a variety of gifts including: toys such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes and balls; school supplies, toothbrush, mild bar soap (packed in a plastic bag) comb or washcloth; T-shirts, socks, ball cap, hair clips, sunglasses and toy jewelry. Participants may also include a personal note.
Do not include used or damaged items, war-related items (even toys), chocolate or food, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins or breakable items.
Include a $7 donation per box to cover shipping. This may be done online to discover the destiny of the box, or write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note OCC on the memo line) and place in an envelope on top of the items in your shoe box.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in more than 130 countries have received shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child, a part of Samaritan’s Purse, the organization’s website said. It works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.