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Operation Christmas Child -National Collection Week starts Nov 13

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This month, several locations in the area 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.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, local 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.

This year, area residents hope to contribute more than 26,000 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,” said Hendersonville volunteer Linda Stephens, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for 20 years. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”

For a complete list of participating drop-off locations, searchable by ZIP code, visit

There are locations in Mars Hill, Leicester, Black Mountain, Brevard, Reynolds Mt, Old Fort, Canton, Swannanoa, Arden and more.

Mills River, NC –
Grace Mills River

495 Cardinal Road

Mills River, NC 28759-4197

Mon, Nov. 13: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 14: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 15: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 16: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 17: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 20: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Hendersonville, NC – Hendersonville Presbyterian Church

699 N Grove Street

Hendersonville, NC 28792

Monday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Asheville, NC – Beverly Hills Baptist Church

777 Tunnel Road

Asheville, NC 28805-1918

Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 828-442-0816 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 to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, 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. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. 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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