This year, Calvary Chapel will serve as an Operation Christmas Child shoebox drop-off in Buffalo. Calvary Chapel is one of about 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children living in poverty overseas. 

During National Collection Week, Monday, Nov. 12, to Monday, Nov. 19, area residents will donate shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball, for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need across the world. This year, residents in Buffalo and surrounding communities hope to contribute toward the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children. 

The Buffalo drop-off location will receive shoebox gifts during the following times at Calvary Chapel, 26 Oak Ridge Road, Buffalo: 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 12; 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13; 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14; 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 15; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16; 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 17; 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 18; and 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 19.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (417) 345-6418 or go to samaritanspurse.org/occ. By going online to give the suggested donation of $9 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They also can pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and note of encouragement.

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