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Operation Christmas Child aids needy kids

November 03, 2012

The year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization, Samaritan’s Purse, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect 10,000 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, which is Nov. 11–19.

Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at one of four locations in Washington County. The shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to children in 100 countries around the world.

Local collection sites:

 Pro Pools, 325 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown

Operating hours: Monday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 to 3 p.m.

 Four Seasons Florist,  22024 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg

Operating hours: Monday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to noon; and Sunday, Nov. 18, noon to 2 p.m. 

 Downsville Church of the Brethren, 8228 Dam 4 Road, Williamsport

Operating hours: Monday, Nov. 12, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 to 4 p.m.

 By His Grace Ministries, 14907 Rufus Wilson Road, Clear Spring

Operating hours: Monday, Nov. 12, 4 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15, 2 to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16, 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.

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