Samaritan's Purse collecting gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.

New Hope Temple in Taft is one of  several locations in the multi-county Kern County California Area Team 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 shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

The drop-offs start Nov. 13 at the Church, located at 308 Harrison.
During the project's National Collection Week,  Nov. 13 – 20, Taft residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.
Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
"We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes 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.”

Here are the drop-off times:

New Hope Temple
 308 Harrison Street

Taft CA 93268-1706

Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 17: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 18: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Sun, Nov. 19: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Sun, Nov. 19: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.