Oswego County Sites Tapped as World’s Largest Christmas Project Relay Sites

Oswego County, NY — Three churches in Oswego County will serve as 2010 collection sites for the “World’s Largest Christmas Project.” Operation Christmas Child, an outreach effort of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse led by Franklin Graham, collects shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and small toys for delivery to children in need around the world.

The National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child in 2010 is November 15-22. The three Oswego County-based churches and the hours they will be accepting boxes are:

• Lamson Road Community Church, 2259 Lamson Road, Phoenix, 315-329-9702; Hours: Monday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 17 from 9am to 11am; Tuesday, November 16 from 4pm to 6pm; Thursday, November 18 from 11am to 1pm; Friday, November 19 from 6pm to 8pm; Saturday, November 20 from 9am to 12 noon, and Sunday, November 21 from 12 noon to 3pm;

• Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church, 7721 State Route 104, Oswego, 315-343-0996; Hours: Monday, November 15, Tuesday, November 16, and Thursday, November 18 from 5pm to 7pm; Wednesday, November 17 from 12noon to 3pm; Friday, November 19 from 12noon to 3pm and from 5pm to 7 pm; Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 from 1pm to 4pm;

• Vorea Community Church, 12 Waggoner Road, Richland, 315-298-6874; Hours: Monday, November 15, from 2pm to 4pm; Tuesday, November 16, and Thursday, November 18 from 6pm to 8pm; Wednesday, November 17 from 10am to 12noon; Friday, November 19 from 11ma to 4pm; Saturday, November 20 from 9am to 6pm; and Sunday, November 21 from 1pm to 2pm.

On Sunday, November 21 the boxes will begin a journey from these three Oswego County churches to New Life Christian Church in Watertown for packing into crates for delivery to Boonville, NY, where they are loaded onto a tractor trailer to travel to the central processing center in Boone, North Carolina. The boxes, marked by age groups of 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14 for boys and girls, are then sent by ship and plane into more than 100 countries for delivery by truck, boat, camel, elephant, and other modes of transport.

Operation Christmas Child teams in the various nations select the children who will receive the boxes. For many, the box may be the only gift they have ever received.

NY North Central Area Coordinator Patty Jennings of Adams, NY, says, “Even the gift of a pencil or toothbrush is cause for great celebration. A soft cuddly stuffed animal can bring great comfort to a child in a war-torn country. For some children, receiving a notebook and pen means they can now go to school. I very much thank all the organizations, individuals, churches, youth groups and business leaders who have put boxes together to support Operation Christmas Child.”

Other collection sites for 2010 include New Life Christian Church in Watertown, River Community Church in Clayton, Naumburg Mennonite Church in Castorland, Beacon Light Baptist Church in Vernon, Clinton Road Baptist Church in Whitesboro, Resurrection Life Church in Rome, and Fowler Baptist Church in Fowler.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are collected at more than 2,700 sites located in all 50 U.S. states. Since 1993, the project has delivered shoeboxes to more than 77 million individual children in some 130 countries. Learn more online and find the drop-off site closest to you at www.samaritanspurse.org .

For information on how to support the 5-county New York North Country Operation Christmas Child collection effort, contact Area Coordinator Patty Jennings at 315-232-2690. #