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First Baptist In New Martinsville To Serve As Shoebox Drop-off Nov. 13-20

November 8, 2017
Wetzel Chronicle

The First Baptist Church in New Martinsville will be serving as a drop-off location for those interested in participating in the Operation Christmas Child program. From the church, the shoeboxes will be sent to Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg. From Parkersburg, the shoeboxes will travel to Boone, North Carolina, to the Billy Graham Center.

The First Baptist Church, located at 841 4th Street, will be open the following hours Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Nov. 13, 5-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 15, 5-7 p.m.; Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 19, 1-3 p.m.; Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon.

Other area churches serving as drop-offs are as follows: Hannibal United Methodist Church, Middlebourne Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Woodsfield, Mannington First Baptist Church.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. More can be found out about the organization by accessing

The mission of OCC is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of "reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ." These simple gifts go to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease, as well as children living on Native American reservations in the United States.

Operation Christmas Child was started in the United Kingdom in 1990 by Dave and Jill Cooke. Three years after, the project merged in a partnership with Samaritan's Purse. This combined 20 years of expertise. More than 28,000 children were helped that year. Since 1993, OCC has delivered shoeboxes to more than 146 million children in more than 100 countries.

Fact Box

The following are steps, from OCC, to pack a shoebox:

* Find a Shoebox - Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you wish to wrap your shoebox, cover the box and lid separately

* Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or boy, along with age category (2-4, 5-9, or 10-14)

* Fill with gifts - Select a medium to large "wow" item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies

* Pray - Pray for the child you will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and gift.

* Follow your box labels - Donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift

* Drop-off your box at a local drop-off location

Do Not Include: There are plenty of good gift ideas, but do not include candy, toothpaste, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures, chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls, or other fruit snacks, drink mixes, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol.

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According to OCC, shoebox gifts "are a way to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of jesus Christ."

After one's shoebox gift is delivered, many boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. Samaritan's Purse and OCC work in and "through local volunteers in each country that understand their context and are respectful to the people they serve." Samaritan's Purse and OCC are sometimes not permitted to distribute literature, but "are still grateful for the opportunity to bless the children with gift boxes carefully prepared by people who live children."

"Boys and girls do not have to do or say anything to receive their gifts."



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