National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is this week, Nov. 18 through 25.

The Salem Senior Center is the local collection site. They are located on North Shelby Street next to the YMCA complex.


Participants are asked to fill a shoebox (plastic is preferred) with toiletries, toys (no guns or war-related items), hard candies, school supplies, flashlights, picture books, T-shirt, socks, jewelry, etc.

You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may write back.

Please include a $7 donation with each box to help cover shipping costs. Age categories are: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

Participants are also asked to pray for the child who will receive your box. Drop boxes off at the senior center next week or call Gail Napier, 883-1247 for more information.

Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the message of Jesus Christ.