Get your "Shoebox Gifts" together, it's National Collection Week time for Operation Christmas Child.  This is an annual and charitable event sponsored by Samaritans Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization who provide spiritual and physical aide to the poor. Promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ Samaritans Purse delivers shoe boxes filled with gifts for poor children around the world, who otherwise wouldn't get anything for Christmas.

National collection week for Operation Christmas Child is going on now, November 16 - 23.  So get together with your family and pull a couple of shoe boxes out of you closet and teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas, sharing the love of Christ by giving to those less fortunate.  This is the easiest, most rewarding and expensive way to give. Even more precious, Samaritans Purse will enclose a bible in the native tongue for which the boxes are headed.

See how excited and grateful children are when they get their very own "Shoebox Gift."

All you need is an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. You can wrap it, BUT cover the box and lid separately.  Then fill your box for a girl, boy or both. For gift suggestions, get things like school supplies, hair bows, toys, color crayons and coloring books, even personal hygiene items. For more details and instructions on how to pack your box click, here.  See area drop-off sites and times below.

The Dwelling Place, located at 1800 E College Street, Lake Charles LA 70607: 

Mon, Nov. 16: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                                                                               get directions view on map

Sulphur, LA - Maplewood First Baptist Church, located at 4501 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, LA 70663:

Mon, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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Dequincy, LA - First Baptist Church, located at 201 S Pine Street, Dequincy, LA 70633:
Mon, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Vinton, LA - First Baptist Church located at 1401 Center Street, Vinton, LA 70668

Mon, Nov. 16: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. - 12 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. - 10 a.m.                                                                               get directions view on map

inder, LA - Kinder Bible Church located at 323 N 7th Street, Kinder, LA 70648

Mon, Nov. 16: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.                                                                               get directions view on map
For more info go to.samaritanspurse.org, You can even track your box and find out where it ends-up for $7.  To learn more click here.