Operation Christmas Child Shoebox collection dates and places

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Published: Nov. 3, 2016 at 11:36 AM CDT
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Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and not forgotten. This year, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 135 million children since the program began in 1993. Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect 12 million gift-filled shoe boxes in 2016, with 15,500 coming from Central Louisiana.

By using tracking technology, participants can “follow” their box to the destination country where it will be given to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the “Follow Your Box” donation form found at

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas child, call 817-595-2230 or visit

National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is November 14-21 and will be collected locally at Kingsville Baptist Church, 3911 Monroe Highway, Pineville, La. Boxes may also be dropped at any of the area Relay Centers.

Collection Center:

Kingsville Baptist Church Ball, LA - Rita Huffman Central LA Area Team 3911 Monroe Highway Ball, La.

Relay Centers:

Boyce, LA - First Baptist Church, Barbara Hamberlin Central LA Area Team 612 Londonderry Avenue , Boyce, La.

Elizabeth, LA - Elizabeth Baptist Church, Leona Taylor Central LA Area Team 205 E Main Street, Elizabeth, La.

Forest Hill, LA - Pisgah Baptist Church, Margaret Hebert Central LA Area Team 3467 Highway 112, Forest Hill, La.

Hessmer, LA - Hessmer Baptist Church, Norris Landry Central LA Area Team 2927 Main Street, Hessmer, La.

Jena, LA - Jena First Baptist Church, Frances McDonald East Central LA Area Team 2725 E Oak Street, Jena, La.

Jonesville, LA - First Baptist Church, Marie Piro East Central LA Area Team 103 Pond Street, Jonesville, La.

Leesville, LA - East Leesville Baptist Church, Tyrete Bodine Central LA Area Team 266 Alexandria Highway, Leesville, La.

Ville Plate, LA - First Baptist Church, Sally Robinson Central LA Area Team 750 W Main, Ville Plate, La.