Plano, TX, Nov. 6, 2023—More than 4,500 locations will open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 13 ­– 20.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts—filled with school supplies, personal care items and fun toys—to children worldwide since 1993. In 2023, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach another 11 million children.

Anyone can pack a shoebox! Individuals, families, and groups still have time to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the How to Pack a Shoebox webpage.

“Children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Participants can find drop-off locations for Collin County here.

Here is one location and hours:

Prairie Creek Baptist Church      3201 W 15th St, Plano, TX 75075

  • Mon, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tues, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thu,   Nov. 16,   4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fri,     Nov. 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sat,    Nov. 18,   3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sun,   Nov. 19,   2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Mon, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Other locations with varying hours include:

CityBridge Community Church   6400 K Ave, Plano, TX 75074

Parkway Hills Baptist Church     2700 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75093

The Cross Church                      100 N 1st St, Wylie, TX 75098

Cottonwood Creek Church        1015 Sam Rayburn Tollway, Allen TX 75013

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, seeks 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 209 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories. This year, Operation Christmas Child will celebrate its 30th year of ministry!

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