BOONE — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause fear and uncertainty, Samaritan’s Purse is calling on churches and families to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child—making sure millions of children experience the good news and great joy of the holiday.

The Samaritan’s Purse project has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a mission project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions.

There is plenty of time left to get involved with Operation Christmas Child for the 2021 season. The Project Leader Weekend is coming up. Community members who want to coordinate a shoebox packing for a church or group can join other project leaders on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. for a virtual event to hear encouraging stories from around the world, learn about exciting Operation Christmas Child project updates and discover new resources.

The local project leader workshop event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Wilkesboro. This event provides information and encouragement as well as free resources to help a church or organization pack shoeboxes. Anyone interested in learning more about shoeboxes and Operation Christmas child is welcome to attend.

To register for the event, visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/local-events-and-offices/ and search for Wilkesboro, NC.

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