Christmas donations needed
Operation Christmas Child is a program several local churches are participating in this week, collecting little stuff to send to kids all over the world over the Christmas season.Several churches in the past have participated in Operation Christmas Child. They still are. But this year, the Calvary Chapel office on Metcalf Road in Avon is the central collection point.Scott Hixon of Calvary Chapel has just returned to the valley from a mission trip to Mexico. From talking to kids there, they need pens, pencils, colored markers, paper … almost anything they can use to write or read.”Of course, they love yo-yos, marbles, Matchbox or Hot Wheels, Barbies,” Hixon said.Those little things that mean so much are stuffed in shoe boxes, or something like them, and sent to individual children from Mexico to the Sudan to Indonesia.The folks at Calvary Chapel hope to fill 500 boxes this year. To help those who want to help but are short of shoe boxes, the church has bought 100 reusable plastic boxes that people can take, fill and return.”Of course, in America, we all think bigger is better,” Hixon said. “But they don’t redistribute stuff from boxes. So instead of one big box, we need smaller boxes.”Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.
The Calvary Chapel office will be collecting boxes, and stuff to fill boxes, this week. The hours are:Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Monday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.To learn more, call Calvary Chapel at 748-1103..
…… .Vail, Colorado