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Towns open drop-off locations for global children’s Christmas charity

Nov. 14-21—RUTLAND—Several locations in the southern part of Vermont will serve as collection sites this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. During national collection week, Nov. 14-21, residents in Addison, Rutland, Bennington and Windham counties will donate shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball—for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world. This year, residents hope to contribute more than 4,500 shoebox gifts toward the 2016 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
“The shoebox gifts donated by the volunteers at these drop-off locations will shine a light of hope to children living in poverty overseas,” said Vermont Central volunteer Area Coordinator Kami Dimmick, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for 15 years. “Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox and help a child facing difficult circumstances to feel loved and not forgotten.”
Collection sites will be available in Bennington, Addison, Rutland, and Windham counties in Vermont. Locally, drop box locations and times are:
Northshire Baptist Fellowship, 5769 Main St., Manchester Center: Monday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 20 and Monday, Nov. 21, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Calvary Bible Church, 2 Meadow Lane, Rutland: Monday, Nov. 14, Tuesday, Nov. 15, Thursday, Nov. 17, Friday, Nov. 18, and Monday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Sunday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information call 802-848-3635 or visit


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Grateful and excited children in Fiji receive gifts through Operation Christmas Child, a world-wide Christmas project facilitated by Samaritan’s Purse.

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