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Fayetteville First Baptist Church will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

Fayetteville families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Fayetteville-area residents hope to collect more than 10,224 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“I love seeing the local community rally together for a global impact,” said Regional Director Todd Edwards. “We see all ages getting involved and more and more every year.”

Fayetteville First Baptist Church is located at 210 Elk Avenue North. Hours for drop off are as follows: Nov. 18, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Nov. 19, 4 until 6 p.m.; Nov. 20, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Nov. 21, 9 until 11 a.m.; Nov. 22, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.; Nov. 24, 1 until 6 p.m.; and Nov. 25, 8 until 10 a.m.

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