There is still time left to donate a hand-packed shoebox full of toys and necessities to a child in need this Christmas.
First Baptist Church of Uvalde, at 220 N. High St., a local collection center for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child annual project, will open its doors today and tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. to receive the packed shoeboxes.
Other drop-off times include Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 25, 9-11 a.m. After 11 a.m. next Monday, church volunteers will be receiving packed shoeboxes from surrounding communities such as Lytle, Pearsall and Sabinal to ready them for shipment.
“If folks have a box, we’ll take it,” said Suzie Carroll, in charge of the operation at First Baptist Church. The comment is in reference to the cut-off time next Monday.
“But we prefer that they come in the morning.”
“We’re pretty excited,” she added. “Hopefully, we’ll have lots of boxes.”
Collection at FBC began on Monday, Nov. 18.
First Baptist Church of Sabinal will host an Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Local coordinator Cynthia Casburn said collections began this week and will continue through Monday.
Additionally, Kathy Sprott is receiving boxes at the Central Christian Church from donors.
What to Pack
Items to include in the shoebox are small toys like cars, yo-yos, dolls, and balls. Non-liquid hygiene items such as bar soap and socks are also good to consider. School supplies are another option.
What is discouraged from inclusion in the box are toy warfare items like toy guns, toy grenades and the like. Due to customs regulations, other prohibited items include toothpaste and candy.
Before packing, donors should choose a gender as well as age category for the gift. Ages include 2-4 years, 5-9 years and 10-14 years. A $9 per-box donation is asked to help cover shipping costs.
Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed more than 135 million shoeboxes to children in over 150 countries. It is estimated that one box touches 10 lives, including the child who receives it.