Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Its mission 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 are shipped outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease, and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
To provide a gift to one of these children this Christmas, visit samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box for instructions on how to fill a shoebox.
National Collection week for all shoeboxes is Nov. 18-25. Bring filled shoeboxes to Covenant Hood River Church, 455 Frankton Road, during the following times:
- Monday through Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4-6 p.m.
- Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ham Dinner at St. Mary’s Nov. 17
St. Mary’s Catholic Church Altar Society hosts the annual Ham Dinner and Bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 17. Dinner, which includes homemade pie for dessert, is from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
The bazaar runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features a bake sale, “country store,” silent auction, can raffle and “big” raffle that includes a Kindle Fire, dinner at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn and $200 of Rosauers scrip. You do not need to be present to win.
The church is located at 1501 Belmont.
Spirit of Grace hosts craft, bake sale
Spirit of Grace Church, 1140 Tucker Road, hosts its annual Happy Hands Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers will find baked goods — and cream puffs — plus a variety of handcrafted gift items.
St. Mark’s Holiday Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 11th and Eugene streets, will hold a Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gifts for all ages, including a special men’s table, children’s table, pet table, holiday décor, baked goods and stocking stuffers.