Churches collecting items for shoebox gifts

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.



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