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Operation Christmas Child kicks-off Saturday at Aiken, North Augusta Chick-fil-A’s

October 12, 2018

The Aiken and North Augusta Chick-fil-A’s are teaming up with radio station 88.3 WAFJ and Operation Christmas Child again this year to kick-off the 2018 shoe box collection season to help needy children around the world. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents are invited to come and pick up special Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for free as well as other information about Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind – is collecting shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. Instructions and ideas on how to pack your shoebox can be found online at samaritanspurse.org/occ. Operation Christmas Child’s Riverfront Team hopes to collect 20,000 gift-filled boxes locally this year.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ, or call 803-646-5486. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

MEDIA NOTE: For complete media materials and high-resolution, downloadable photos, visit samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom.

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