Church Joins Shoebox Effort

In Lifestyle, News by Reporter News

A local church is joining the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind this season. Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., will serve as one of 4,000 nationwide collection points during Operation Christmas Child’s Collection Week Nov. 17-24.

The church is led by Senior Pastor Jim Bass.

Volunteers at this new drop-off location say they hope that this event will strengthen community relations while working together with Operation Christmas Child for a great cause. OCC was begun in 1993. Gifts are delivered to more than 10 million children in more than 100 countries.

Shoe boxes are packed with toys, school supplies and basic hygiene items. More than 100,000 volunteers are expected to operate the drop-off sites such as Friendswood UMC.

“We’re excited to be a part of this effort to communicate love and hope through simple gifts to so many children in need around the world who are dealing with incredible issues of war, famine, poverty and disaster,” said Relay Center Coordinator Pam Livesay of Friendswood.

After Collection Week, the shoebox gifts are prepared for shipping at one of nine processing centers nationwide. Once they arrive at their country destination, the shoe boxes may be transported via canoe, dog sled or even elephant to reach their recipients.

Participants can follow boxes using tracking technology to discover the country where gifts were delivered to children in need. To register a shoebox gift, use the online donation form at samaritanspurse.org.

Anyone may pack a shoebox and bring it to a drop-off site, or even pack a virtual shoebox online for a team of volunteers to convert to a tangible gift.

For questions concerning Friendswood United Methodist Church call 281-482-7535 or visit www.friendswoodumc.com.

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