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Christmas charity wants to collect 38k gifts for needy kids

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Cincinnati individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Cincinnati residents prepare to collect 38,900 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25.

O.C.C. has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoe box gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoe boxes in 2013.

At local collection sites in the Cincinnati area, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoe box to send to a child overseas. To see how to pack your shoe box, click here.

If you can't make a box yourself, you can build a box through an online tool for $30.

There are many sites in the Greater Cincinnati area to drop off your shoe box. See the list below:

First Baptist Church in Mt. Healthy
1210 Compton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Operating Hours:
Mon - Nov. 18, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tues, Thurs, Fri - Nov. 19, 21, 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wed - Nov. 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat - Nov. 23, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun - Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Mon - Nov. 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Immanuel at Lakewood Baptist Church, Green Township
4008 Westwood Northern Boulevard
Cincinnati, OH 45211
Operating Hours:
Mon - Fri Nov. 18 – 22, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat - Nov. 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sun - Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Mon - Nov. 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Salem Community Church, Anderson Township
6137 Salem Road
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Operating Hours:
Mon – Fri Nov. 18 – 22, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat - Nov. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sun - Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Mon - Nov. 25, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Sycamore Township
8645 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Operating Hours:
Mon - Nov. 18, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tues - Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wed - Nov. 20, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thurs, Fri - Nov. 21, 22, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat - Nov. 23, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Sun - Nov. 24, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mon - Nov. 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Faith Bible Church, Sycamore Township
8130 E Kemper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Operating Hours: Mon - Nov. 18, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tues - Nov. 19, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wed - Nov. 20, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thurs - Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fri - Nov. 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat - Nov. 23, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Sun - Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon - Nov. 25, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

For more information regarding these collection locations, call 1-800-567-8580.

Though the shoe box gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org. Donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoe boxes are delivered.

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