Local volunteers make a global impact

Several local churches and volunteers are participating in national collection week for Operation Christmas Child, Nov. 18 through 25. Quincy First Baptist Church and Portola Station are drop-off sites for Plumas County.

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. OCC delivers gifts in order to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

Many of these children have never received a gift of any kind before. They are unsure about opening it. Could it really be something to keep?

Packing a shoebox is simple. Pick a mid-size shoebox. Choose an age and gender. Pack the box accordingly. Include a “wow” gift, such as a stuffed animal, a ball, a car or other toy. Hygiene items are welcomed with excitement: a bar of soap, a washcloth, a toothbrush (no toothpaste or liquids please), a comb, etc. Add school supplies like pencils and a necessary sharpener, pens and a notebook. Put in some art supplies such as crayons, paper, colored pencils or stickers, anything you think a child of that age group would enjoy.

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No need to wrap the box. Just add a label showing the age and gender of the child in mind and drop it off at either First Baptist Church of Quincy, 74 Reese St. in East Quincy, or Portola Station Baptist Church, 171 S. Gulling St. in Portola.

For more information on how to participate or details on drop-off hours visit samaritanspurse.org and click on Operation Christmas Child or call Elizabeth Knox, project leader for the Quincy drop-off site at 283-2493.