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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes being collected

  • Hannibal churches are wrapping up the 2013 Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) project, with the filled shoeboxes being delivered to the collection center, Immanuel Baptist Church, 3600 McMasters’ Ave., until Monday, Nov. 25.
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  • Hannibal churches are wrapping up the 2013 Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) project, with the filled shoeboxes being delivered to the collection center, Immanuel Baptist Church, 3600 McMasters’ Ave., until Monday, Nov. 25.
    Joyce Davis, collection center coordinator at Immanuel Baptist Church, listed the following delivery hours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25.
    This year a doll project was added by the congregation at Immanuel Baptist, Davis said. A total of 126 hand-crafted dolls were made by members of the church and included in the shoeboxes, along with the toys, items of clothing, school supplies and other gifts filling the boxes.
    Local churches have hosted special dedication services as they completed filling and packing their shoeboxes.
    At Calvary Baptist Church on Nov. 17 the children had a shoebox parade as they carried the shoeboxes down the aisle for the dedication.
    Cheryl McGowan, coordinator of the project at Calvary Baptist, reported 966 shoeboxes were packed by the volunteers in the Operation Christmas Child workshop at the church, who work on the project all year; and an additional 240 filled shoeboxes were brought by members of the congregation, for a total of 1,204 shoeboxes donated by the church this year.
    During the dedication service, McGowan told the congregation Calvary Baptist has been invovled in Operation Christmas Child for 18 years, and since 2004 the church has sent 7,766 shoeboxes.
    McGowan reported the worldwide project began 20 years ago, in 1993, and since then more than 100 million shoeboxes have been delivered to needy children worldwide.
    In the United States, the shoeboxes go to eight processing centers, she said, and the ones donated in Hannibal go to the processing center in Denver. From there they will be delivered to children in Mexico; Guyana, South America; or Togo, Africa.
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