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Katy residents collect gifts for world’s largest Christmas project

Katy Texas News
Posted November 4, 2010

Christmas is arriving early in Katy as local churches prepare to serve as collection points for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the sites will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.

Last year, Katy contributed more than 6,282 shoe boxes to join the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect over 6,500 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Katy residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than eight million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  From Katy, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.  To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at samaritanspurse.org.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.

How to get involved:

  • PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.
  • PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement.  Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at samaritanspurse.org.
  • PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the collection sites near Katy as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 1-800-353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

Collection sites in Katy:
Donations will be collected November 15-21. Dates and times are listed below.

Kingsland Baptist Church
20555 Kingsland Blvd.
281-492-0785

Monday, Nov. 15: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 16: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 18: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Christian City Fellowship
5243 Highway 36 N, Sealy
281-346-1544

Monday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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