This month, a site in the Pierre area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoe-box gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

Families, churches and groups can transform empty shoe-boxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches to deliver these tangible items to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

In Pierre, the drop-off point is the Community Bible Church at 1516 N Harrison Avenue. The drop-ff dates are Monday, Nov. 18, through Monday, Nov. 25. To get a specially-designed empty box yet to be filled, contact the church.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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