AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - This month, ten locations in the Aiken areas will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual project helps millions of children around the world by filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.
"Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances. Anyone can participate, whether young or old," says the Aiken Area Director, Curtis Nappier.
Through local collection points, area residents hope to contribute more than 15,000 gift-filled shoe boxes to the 2014 global goal of reaching 10 million needy children. Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered gift-filled shoe boxes to more than 113 million children in over 150 countries through Operation Christmas Child. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoe box is the first gift they have ever received.
AIKEN AREA'S COLLECTION SITES:
- First Baptist Church, 803-648-5476
120 Chesterfield Street N - Aiken, SC 29801
- Bel Ridge Baptist Church, 803-279-3366
108 Monterrey Avenue - North Augusta, SC 29841
- Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 803-685-7183
164 Mount Pleasant Road - Ridge Spring, SC 29129
- Edgefield Baptist Association, 803-637-3309
985 US Highway 25 N - Edgefield, SC 29824
- Winfield Heights Baptist Church, 803-266-3832
315 Chester Street - Williston, SC 29853
- Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 864-445-2232
102 East Butler Avenue - Saluda, SC 29138
- Lexington Baptist Church, 803-359-4146
308 E Main Street - Lexington, SC 29072
- Swansea First Baptist Church, 803-568-3368
145 S Church Street - Swansea, SC 29160
- Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 803-276-2003
1515 Boundary Street - Newberry, SC 29108
- First Baptist Church FLC, 803-534-2960
2875 Columbia Road - Orangeburg, SC 29118