Operation Christmas Child under way in Haywood

Nov 19, 2013

For 20 years, people all over the country have been filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and a message of love and sending it to children in need all over the world via Operation Christmas Child.

National Collection Week started Monday and lasts through Nov. 25, which means there is still plenty of time to donate your own shoebox.

Gift boxes to the Operation Christmas Child can be dropped off at either First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville or First Baptist Church in Canton.

The distribution locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 25.

Coordinator Kathy Campbell said last year Haywood County collected 160 boxes on the first day of collections. However, on Monday morning, there were already 1,215 boxes collected.

Gifts in the box should be tailored for a girl or boy in one of the three different age groups — ages 2 to 4, ages 5 to 9 and ages 10 to 14. Once a box is full, donors should place a rubber band around each shoebox  before dropping it off.

To help cover the cost of shipping over seas, $7 is requested with each box donation.