With the onset of Operation Christmas Childâ€™s 18th year of international work, millions of shoeboxes are expected to be shipped worldwide to various disadvantaged children this holiday season, with Lincoln County assisting the project by offering two area drop-off sites.
Samaritanâ€™s Purse established the relief effort in the early 1990s and has grown immensely.
Lincoln County churches, Denver United Methodist Church and Boger City Baptist Church in Lincolnton, will be accepting shoeboxes through Monday as part of National Collection Week.
Organization officials anticipate that the Lincoln County community alone will donate nearly 4,000 boxes this year.
Church officials at Boger City Baptist told the Times-News Wednesday afternoon that theyâ€™ve already received 625 toy-filled shoeboxes. In addition, they said a majority of the shoeboxes poured in during the first two days of collection week and already largely outnumber the amount of boxes received last year.
Church officials at Denver UMC were unaware of how many boxes had been collected when the Times-News contacted them Thursday morning. A church official noted that the boxes were being housed in a warehouse on the property and had yet to be counted since there are still four more collection days. Below are the scheduled drop-off times at each Lincoln County location:
Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N. Highway 16 in Denver:
Fri: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 4-8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sun: 2-6 p.m.
Mon: 9-11 a.m.
Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main Street in Lincolnton:
Fri: 6-8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m.
Mon: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call 704-583-1463 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. According to a Samaritanâ€™s Purse press release from the organizationâ€™s OCC office in Charlotte, individuals can send boxes year-round to Samaritanâ€™s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.