Operation Christmas child

The world's largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God's love in a tangible way with needy children around the world.

The Oakhurst EV Free Church is, once again, the official Operation Christmas Child Relay Center, serving the Oakhurst, Mariposa, and Coarsegold areas.

It is hoped that enough shoebox gifts can be collected to reach 10 million children. To accomplish this, kids, families, schools, churches, and community groups pack empty shoeboxes with simple items — like soap, toothpaste, toys and school supplies. You may also enclose a personal note to the child along with a photo of yourself or your family. Do not include toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, vitamins, or breakable items.

Shoeboxes can be picked up at the Oakhurst EV Free Church. Step-by-step packing instructions come with each shoebox. After they are filled, the shoeboxes can be dropped off at the church from Nov. 17-24. They will then be shipped to Fresno, and delivered to children worldwide. You can help cover shipping and other costs by donating $7 per shoebox.

Details: Kathy Harmon, (209) 917-0292, or the church office at 40553 School Road, (559) 683-2254, ext. 200.