Samaritan's Purse project turns empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.
This November The New Hope Temple, 308 Harrison Street, will be one of 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.
Taft 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 will 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.
The New Hope Temple Taft drop-off will be open at the following times:
Mon, Nov. 12: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 13: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 14: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 15: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 16: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 17: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sun, Nov. 18: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Sun, Nov. 18: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 19: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This year, Taft-area residents hope to collect more than 15,000 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.
"We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas," said Regional Director Nathan Bates, "These simple gifts show God's love to children facing difficult circumstances."