Once again, Operation Christmas Child is underway in Pagosa Springs.
A free Veggie Tales/Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Centerpoint Church for children 5-10.
They will be able to select toys, school supplies, and necessity items there to fill a red and green Operation Christmas Child shoebox for a needy child. Materials will be provided, but you can bring a small gift for the box.
After packing a shoebox, the kids will watch the Veggie Tales friends in the movie, “St. Nicholas, A Story of Joyful Giving,” and find out how the Veggies discover the true joy of giving to others.
The event starts promptly at 10 a.m., and an adult must accompany children.
“Packing shoeboxes is a wonderful chance to teach children in this country about generosity and compassion, and bring hope and joy to hurting children in other countries,” said Randy Riddle, national director of Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has collected and hand-delivered more than 77 million shoe box gifts to hurting kids in some 130 countries since 1993.
Families and individuals are also encouraged to fill other shoe boxes at home in the next few weeks. National Collection Week will be Nov. 15-22 to drop off gift-filled shoeboxes at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship, adjacent to the Recreation Center on Park Road.
For more information on the shoebox packing party or how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call locally at 731-5901 or nationally at (800) 353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.