Area residents are preparing to bring joy to a hurting world this Christmas by packing and collecting shoe box gifts for hurting children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.
Danville Church of God, 516 S. Fourth St., will be open to receive gift-filled shoe boxes during the project's National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21. Local hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
This is Danville's eighth year as a collection center for Operation Christmas Child, a project that encourages children, families, churches and groups to fill empty shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, photos and personal letters, then hand-delivers them to children worldwide who are suffering from poverty, war, disease, natural disaster and terrorism.
Last year, 27,000 boxes were collected from central Kentucky. More than 7.4 million boxes were collected worldwide last year and distributed to children in more than 90 countries. This year's international goal is to collect and distribute 7.8 million shoe box gifts.