Barry County joins global Christmas project

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Churches to send joy to children overseas


New Site Baptist Church, in Monett, and First Baptist Church, in Cassville, are not waiting until Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude.

Instead, they are giving back by lovingly packing gifts of joy for children around the world living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease, and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child— a project of Samaritan’s Purse — is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, area residents will donate shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball. This year, residents in the Ozark mountain area hope to contribute nearly 17,700 shoebox gifts toward the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

The Barry County drop-off locations will be receiving shoebox gifts during the following times:

Monett: New Site Baptist Church,192 Farm Road 1060, 417-235-6135

Operating hours:

Monday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16, 4-8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2-6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19, 8-10 a.m.

Cassville: First Baptist Church Cassville, 6022 West St., Cassville, 417-847-2965

Operating hours:

Monday, Nov. 12, noon to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, noon to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15, noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16, noon to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17, noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18, noon to 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19, 8-10 a.m.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child visit