Operation Christmas Child

The holidays are almost here, and in the Low Country, in Beaufort County, some churches are coming together to help. More than 50 churches are filling shoeboxes full of goodies for kids. It's part of Operation Christmas Child. They started five years ago with about 150 gifts, and this year they'll send some 4,000  presents to children in 40 countries.
"Our goal is not only to share the love of Christ, but the love of the American people," said program director Jim Kindwall. "And want to give these children a little bit of joy."
Volunteers will start picking up the boxes at the end of the month.
If you'd like to help, here are the collection sites:
  • Community Bible Church, 638 Parris Island Gateway

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2301 First Blvd.

  • Grace Community Church, 450 Spanish Wells Road in Bluffton

  • Wal-mart (Beaufort), 350 Robert Smalls Parkway (Saturday, November 23 or Sunday, November 24)

Shoebox Guideline 
  1. Find empty shoebox

  2. Fill the box with gifts for a boy or a girl - [age categories: (2-4) (5-9) (10-14)] - variety of gifts including small cars, balls, stuffed animals, toys, pencils, markers, coloring books, hard candy, flashlights with batteries, T-shirts, jewelry, books, hygiene items, etc.

  3. Take shoebox to collection sites (please include $5 dollars for shipping in an envelope inside box)

  4. Do not wrap gifts

For more info, visit Operation Christmas Child online or call 843-525-0089.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com