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September 26, 2018

World’s Largest Christmas Project Collecting Gifts in Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Oneida Counties


Now through November 25, churches in Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and Oswego counties will be collecting Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts packed with school supplies, hygiene items and small toys to go to boys and girls ages 2-14 in countries struggling with conflict, poverty, and disaster around the world.

Children in Zimbabwe eagerly wait for their Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts. Photo: Samaritans’s Purse

Children in Zimbabwe eagerly wait for their Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts. Photo: Samaritans’s Purse

Drop-off hours vary by church. Volunteer organizers are asking for a donation of $7 per box to help with delivery of the boxes to overseas destinations by the Samaritan’s Purse organization led by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, the project has delivered shoebox gifts to more than 100 million children in more than 100 countries.

The participating sites by county are:

HERKIMER COUNTY
Mohawk Reformed Church, 20 S. Otsego St., Mohawk, info: 315-733-1198.
Hours: Nov. 20: 5–7 p.m., Nov. 21: 8–10 a.m., Nov. 22: 4–6 p.m., Nov. 23: 9–11 a.m., Nov. 24: 9 a.m. – noon and Nov. 25: 7:30–9:30 a.m.

JEFFERSON COUNTY
New Life Christian Church, 1222 Arsenal St., Watertown, info: 315-232-2690.
Hours: Nov. 20: 6–8:30 p.m., Nov. 21: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 22: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 23: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 24: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Nov. 25: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

LEWIS COUNTY
Naumburg Mennonite Church, 5463 State Route 410, Castorland, info: 315-346-6603.
Hours: Nov. 20: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – noon, Nov. 22: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Nov. 23: 7 – 9 a.m., Nov. 24: 7 – 9 a.m. and Nov. 25: 7 – 9 a.m.

OSWEGO COUNTY
Vorea Community Church, 12 Waggoner Road, Richland, info: 315-298-6874.
Hours: Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 21: 6 – 8 p.m., Nov. 22: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nov. 24: noon – 2 p.m. and Nov. 25: 8 – 10 a.m.

Servant’s Baptist Church, 10570 Route 13, Camden, info: 315-245-5290.
Hours: Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 24: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 25: 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road, Oswego, info: 315-806-6542.
Hours: Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 21: 2 – 5 p.m., Nov. 22: 6:30 – 9 p.m., Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 24: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. and Nov. 25: 9 – 11 a.m.

Lamson Road Community Church, 2259 Lamson Road, Phoenix, info: 315-635-5806.
Hours: Nov. 20: 2 – 4 p.m., Nov. 21: 6 – 8 p.m., Nov. 22: 6 – 8 p.m., Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 24: noon – 2 p.m. and Nov. 25: 9 – 10 a.m.

ONEIDA COUNTY
Resurrection Life Church, 628 Floyd Avenue, Rome, info: 315-339-6318.
Hours: Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – noon, Nov. 24: 1 – 3 p.m. and Nov. 25: 10 a.m. – noon.

Beacon Light Baptist Church, 5058 State Route 31, Vernon, info: 315-829-2086.
Hours: Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – noon, 3 – 6 p.m., Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – noon, 3 – 6 p.m., Nov. 22: 10 a.m. – noon, 3 – 6 p.m., Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – noon, 3 – 6 p.m.,  Nov. 24: 10 a.m. – noon, 3 – 6 p.m. and Nov. 25: 10 a.m. – noon.

Crosspoint Church, 317 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro, 315-797-4520.
Hours: Nov. 20: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 21: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 22: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – noon, Nov. 24: 9 a.m. – noon and Nov. 25: 9 –10 a.m.

Boonville United Methodist Church, 105 Ann Street, Boonville, 315-725-0278.
Hours: Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nov. 22: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 – 7 p.m., Nov 23: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Nov. 24: noon – 5 p.m. and Nov. 25: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information, contact area coordinator Patty Jennings at 315-232-2690 or learn more online at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ

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