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Operation Christmas Child collection sites announced

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world

Nov. 13–20 is window to donate Christmas gifts for needy children worldwide via Operation Christmas Child

COMPTON — During one week in November several locations in the multi-county South and East Los Angeles area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child — joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoe boxes for children in need around the world.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, Compton residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoe box gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

This year, the South and East L.A. Area Operation Christmas Child Team hopes to contribute more than 9,194 shoe box gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoe boxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director Nathan Bates. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”

Local collection sites, days, and hours:

The Ark Montebello – 931 S. Maple Ave., Montebello Calif. [MAP]

  • Mon., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tues, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thurs., Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 19, 3-6 p.m.
  • Mon., Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Calvary Chapel Downey – 12808 Woodruff Ave., Downey, Calif. [MAP]

  • Mon., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tues., Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thurs., Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 19, 1-3 p.m.
  • Mon., Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to noon



For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 714-432-7030 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

About Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Rev. 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 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

<p>Compton Herald is a digital news publication providing clear, fair and current news, information and commentary about Compton and the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California, and the world.</p>

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