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Operation Christmas Child announces collection times

Several locations in the multi-county Duluth Minnesota Area Team will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, in November. Nearly 5,000 U.S. locations will be collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project's national collection week, Nov. 13-20, Carlton County residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver the shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

The Duluth Minnesota Area Team hopes to contribute more than 8,801 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

"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," Regional Director Nicole Sheldon said. "Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them."

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 612-369-7023 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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Donate to Operation Christmas Child

Where: Moose Lake Covenant Church, 700 Fifth St., Moose Lake

When:

• Noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14

• 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 15

• 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 16

• 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 17

• 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 18

• 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19

• 8:30-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20

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