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Harpster: Locals collect gifts for impoverished children



— This month, ALACCA Bible Camp will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Idaho County residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

At ALACCA Bible Camp during National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Idaho County residents hope to contribute 550 shoebox gifts to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

ALACCA Bible Camp is located at 110 China Garden Road, Harpster. Drop-off dates are as follows:

•Monday, Nov. 16: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and 5 - 7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 5 -7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and 5 -7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 22, 3 - 5 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 23, 8 - 9 a.m.

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 information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call (253) 572-1155. 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 at samaritanspurse.org/occ.



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