Nov. 16-23: Huntsville opens collection sites for world’s largest Christmas project

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — This month, locations in the Huntsville area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Huntsville residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow!” item—like a doll or soccer ball—other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

vZ615q“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Huntsville can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Director Shelli Wishard.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, Huntsville and surrounding area residents hope to contribute more than 40,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Local Collection Sites:

Madison, AL – Wall Highway Baptist Church
6597 Wall Triana Highway
Madison, AL 35757
Mon, Nov. 16: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Decatur, AL – Central Park Baptist Church
2020 Westmead Street SW
Decatur, AL 35601
Mon, Nov. 16: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Huntsville, AL – First Baptist Church Huntsville
600 Governors Drive SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Mon, Nov. 16: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Huntsville, AL – Epworth United Methodist Church
2102 Epworth Drive NE
Huntsville, AL 35811
Mon, Nov. 16: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Toney, AL – Wooley Springs Baptist Church
28025 Bethel Road
Toney, AL 35773
Mon, Nov. 16: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

New Hope, AL – First Baptist Church of New Hope
247 Church Avenue
New Hope, AL 35760
Mon, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Cullman, AL – Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church
1310 Street Joseph Drive NW
Cullman, AL 35055
Mon, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Hartselle, AL – First Baptist Church
210 Woodland Street NW
Hartselle, AL 35640
Mon, Nov. 16: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Athens, AL – Clements Baptist Church
8690 US Highway 72
Athens, AL 35611
Mon, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online. 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 more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call (770) 777-9342 . 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 found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.