Operation Christmas Child National Collection week is under way in towns all across Northeast Mississippi.
Do you have a shoe box? Then use it to make a child smile.
The shoe boxes are packed with practical needs the children are desperate for such as school supplies, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.
A soft teddy bear, ball and jacks, deflated balls with pumps and assorted other things for the children to play with are also tucked into the boxno bigger than a a regular shoe box.
Don’t forget the teenagers. You can send a deflated soccer ball with a pump or a t-shirt or a cap for the boys. Also things like hammer and nails are handy.
For the girls send sewing kits, scissors, thread, hats or caps, ball and jacks, art supplies.
Here are some ideas:
Something to love: Teddy bear, doll, soft toy, etc.
Something for school: Composition book, pencil case, pens, pencils, coloring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk, etc.
Something to wear: T-shirt, shorts, underwear, cap, beanie, sandals, thongs, etc.
Something to play with: Tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, wind up torch, etc.
Something for personal hygiene: Soap and face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, hair-clips, scrunchies, etc.
Something special: Carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, craft kits, stickers, note or photo of yourself.
Please include on the top of the box whether it is for a boy or a girl. Also include what the age appropriate toys are inside either 2-4 years; 5-9 years or 10-14 years. Also include a $7 check for shipping the box;
Here are collection sites all across North Mississippi (hours vary at each location):
Aberdeen First Baptist Church
Amory First Baptist Church
Booneville First Baptist Church
Calhoun City First Baptist Church
Columbus First Baptist Church
Columbus Boy Scout Hut, Farmers’ Market
Corinth Farmington Baptist Church
Fulton First Baptist Church
Hamilton, Ala. The Ramp
Houston Cornerstone Church
Iuka Baptist Church
Macon Calvary Baptist Church
Mathiston First Baptist Church
New Albany Hillcrest Baptist Church
Oxford The Wesley Foundation
Pontotoc West Heights Baptist Church
Red Bay, Ala. First Baptist Church
Ripley First Baptist Church
Starkville Community Church
Tupelo Hydro Hose Co.
Water Valley First Baptist Church
West Point West End Baptist Church