Athol opens collection sites for world's largest Christmas project

 ATHOL — In November, locations in the Athol area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Athol residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow!” item — like a doll or soccer ball and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Athol can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Manager Cecil Pollydore.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, Athol and surrounding area residents hope to contribute more than 2,850 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Area collection sites, days and times are:

Athol-Orange Baptist Church

131 Ridge Ave., Athol

Monday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Sunday, Nov. 22, from noon to 2:30 p.m. 

Monday, Nov. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

New Life Assemblies of God

60 Main St., South Barre

Monday, Nov. 16, from noon to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Nov. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Nov. 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Bread of Life Church

22 State Road East, Westminster

Monday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Greenville Baptist Church

674 Pleasant St., Rochdale

Monday, Nov. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 23, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hours are subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call 518-437-0690.

With a computer or mobile device, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website. Go to samaritanspurse.org/occ to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox. These gifts of hope will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Athol Daily News

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Athol, MA 01331
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