‘Operation Christmas Child’ is Nov. 18-24

What starts out as a simple gift — a decorated shoebox packed with items such as needed school supplies, grooming necessities and colorful toys — is used to transform the hearts and souls of millions of children and their families in more than 100 countries.

This opportunity is available to individuals, groups and churches in the Gorge through Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Each gift is delivered with a gospel booklet in the local language to bring “good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10) into the lives of children living in harsh circumstances.

Often, these life-changing gifts are the only ones children ever receive during their young lives. Many churches and groups have received notes of thanks and appreciation from a child (written with the help of an aid worker or pastor) who was thrilled to open a simple shoebox and find gifts they could only dream about.

Children begin to learn that their lives are of great value when a stranger in a country far away personally reaches out with gifts selected just for them.

Collection week in the Columbia Gorge is Nov. 18-24. The drop-off location is at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets.

Call 541-386-3046 or 509-493-8665 for drop-off times and additional information.

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