Christmas gift collections Nov. 12-19

This month, sites in the Boyne City area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

Boyne City families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Boyne City-area residents hope to collect more than 8,000 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

East Jordan Lighthouse Missionary Church 7824 Rogers Road
Mon, Nov. 12: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 13: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 14: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 15: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 16: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 17: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 18: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 937-374-0761, or visit

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 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.