Rock Port 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. 12-19.

Rock Port 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, Rock Port-area residents plan to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“We are honored to be linking arms with our community to help children around the world experience the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director Joe Christian, “These simple gifts show God’s love to children facing difficult circumstances.”

The Rock Port collection site is at the United Methodist Church, 211 W. Opp. The schedule is: Monday, Nov. 12: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 19: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.