Operation Christmas Child gearing up

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America will again serve as a relay center for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes from Monday, Nov. 12 to Monday, Nov. 19.

Please consider donating a shoe box filled with toys, school supplies, candy (hard candy only), and other items. The shoeboxes will be distributed by Samaritan’s Purse to children around the world.

Cash donations are also appreciated. In 2011 over 8.6 million shoeboxes were collected internationally, with 1,362 boxes collected at St. Johns from area churches and organizations.

That was an increase of 334 shoeboxes from the year before!

Drop off times are as follows:
• Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon
• Sunday Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact (952) 467-2740, or visit Operation Christmas Child’s website at www.samaritanspurse.org.