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11/2/2012 6:16:00 AM
Volunteers request shoe boxes filled with toys, supplies

NT Staff

OTTAWA — This holiday season, Ottawa residents are working to brighten the lives of millions of needy children around the world.

Volunteers are preparing for the collection of 400 gift-filled shoe boxes — Ottawa’s target contribution to the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child. Nov. 12-19, Epworth United Methodist Church in Ottawa will be bustling with activity as shoe boxes packed full of goodies for needy kids overseas are dropped off by local individuals and families.

Volunteers seek donations and help filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.

The year-round project is conducted by international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham.
Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Ottawa-area collection site (address and hours below).

Then, using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to children in need in 100 countries around the world.

Hours at the Ottawa collection site, Epworth United Methodist Church, 627 Gentlemen Road, Ottawa will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov.12-16; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 and 9-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Additional local collection sites can be found using the online ZIP code locator at

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call Elaine Pettet at (815) 469-0611 or visit www.samaritans

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