The Transylvania Times -

Drop-Off Sites Announced For Operation Christmas Child - Brevard, NC


November 9, 2017

Brevard Wesleyan Church and Oak Gove Baptist Church in Lake Toxaway will serve as a drop-off locations for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) starting Nov. 13. They will join nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children in need around the world.

In 2016 almost 2,100 boxes were donated in the county. This year the goal is to collect more than 2,300 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“We have an opportunity in Transylvania County to give these simple shoebox gifts that will make a lasting impact on children across the world. For many of these children, this shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. It sends a message that God loves them, and they are not forgotten,” said Kathy Merrill, local OCC volunteer.

Brevard Wesleyan Church’s operating hours: Monday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m .; Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2-5 p.m .; Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2-5 p.m .; Thursday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m .; Friday, Nov. 17, 2-5 p.m .; Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m .; Sunday, Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Oak Grove Baptist Church’s operating hours: Monday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m .; Tuesday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m .; Wednes-day, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m .; Thursday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m .; Friday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m .; Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m .; Sunday, Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 20, 9-11 a.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (828) 883-3218 or visit Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samari to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, and then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.


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