Operation Christmas Child commencing; collection week will be Nov. 15-22

       Two Westside churches are again involved this year with the Operation Christmas Child charity drive.
       The National Collection Week is Nov. 15-22.
       In the drive, volunteers fill shoeboxes with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and a letter of encouragement. “Through Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, Colorado Springs residents are helping send shoebox gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty,” according to a press release.
       “First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St., will again pass out empty shoe boxes to their congregation and will encourage them to fill the boxes and take them to Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road, which will also once again be one of our 13 relay centers,” the release states.
       The relay centers, located around the community, then deliver their boxes to the city-wide collection center at Vista Grande Baptist Church on Powers and Stetson Hills boulevards.
       People can pack their own shoeboxes or donate one online. For more information, call 800-353-5949 or go to samaritanspurse.org.

Westside Pioneer/press release