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Oct 27, 2009 9:43 AM by sleonard

Lafayette collects for Samaritan's Purse

LAFAYETTE COLLECTS GIFTS FOR SAMARITAN'S PURSE AND THE WORLD'S LARGEST CHRISTMAS PROJECT

Nov. 16-23: Lafayette Hopes to Gather 8,000 Gift-Filled Shoe Boxes for Hurting Children Overseas

LAFAYETTE, La., Oct. 26, 2009-Christmas is arriving early all over Lafayette, as local churches prepare to serve as collection points for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of Lafayette volunteers, the sites will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project, Lafayette residents are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. From Lafayette, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary-sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds-to reach suffering children around the world.

"Operation Christmas Child is a unique opportunity to do something as simple as packing a shoe box that will have a lasting impact on a child a world away," said Linda Curtis, Operation Christmas Child drop-off site coordinator. "We are excited about the 2009 collection season as community members have already begun packing shoe box gifts."

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to "follow your box" to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org.

LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

Our Savior's Church
655 Highway 96
Broussard, LA 70518
(337) 857-0145

Nov. 16 Noon - 3 p.m.
Nov. 17 Noon - 3 p.m.
Nov. 18 Noon - 3 p.m.
Nov. 19 Noon - 4 p.m.
Nov. 20 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nov. 21 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nov. 22 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Nov. 23 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Family Life Church
2223 Dulles Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 988-0030

Nov. 16 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 17 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 18 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 19 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 20 9 a.m. - Noon
Nov. 21 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 22 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.


Covenant Baptist Church
1700 East Willow Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 234-9100

Nov. 16 Noon - 6 p.m.
Nov. 17 Noon - 6 p.m.
Nov. 18 Noon - 6 p.m.
Nov. 19 Noon - 6 p.m.
Nov. 20 Noon - 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 22 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 23 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

In 2008, the Lafayette area contributed 5,866 boxes to the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect 8,000 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 69 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED:

PREPARE-Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.

PACK-Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.

PROCESS-Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in Lafayette as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (817) 595-2230 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week is Nov. 16-23.

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