1688 Shoe Boxes (One Box came in after sign was made and photo taken) were filled and donated by Churches, school groups and individuals from Adams County as Operation Christmas Child has ended another successful year locally.
The West Union Christian Union Church was the Adams County collection center again this year where many volunteers helped collect the shoeboxes, packed them into larger shipping boxes and hauled them to Hillsboro where they were loaded onto tractor trailers to be transported to North Carolina. Our 5 county area South Central Ohio collected 13,012 Boxes this year. Starting in December hundreds of volunteers in North Carolina will inspect each shoebox before finally being packed for shipment to children in need around the world.
If you, your church, school group, club or organization would like to be involved with the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox program next year it is not to early to start.
Many groups start early by purchasing one or two items each month or buying end of holidays sale items to spread the cost over the whole year. You may send a variety of toys, school supplies, or hygiene items. Do not put in candy, anything breakable, tooth paste, liquid’s or war toys. If at all possible try to use regular size shoes boxes that are about 12 inches long by 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall. Operation Christmas Child directors would like a minimum of 16 boxes per shipping box to reduce shipping costs. Larger boxes make it hard to reach this goal, but we will gladly take whatever you bring us. The collection center can get you free standard size boxes. If you are using larger boxes try to get them to us earlier in the week so we have more time to work them in with smaller boxes. If you are interested or would like more information call or text Angela Horvath, Adams County Collection Center Coordinator at 937-217-6620.
On Behalf of Operation Christmas Child, the Adams County Collection Center and the West union Christian Union Church we would like to thank everyone who had a part in filing shoeboxes this year.