Operation Christmas Child Starts Nov. 16

various children and projectsThis month, locations in the Manchester area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Manchester residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow!” item—like a doll or soccer ball—other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Manchester can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Director Amy Johnson.
During National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, Manchester and surrounding area residents hope to contribute more than 9,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.
Location Sites

Tullahoma, TN – Highland Baptist Church
808 Hickory Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Mon, Nov. 16: 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fayetteville, TN – Fayetteville First Baptist Church
210 Elk Avenue N
Fayetteville, TN 37334
Mon, Nov. 16: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Manchester, TN – First United Methodist Church
105 Church Street
Manchester, TN 37355
Mon, Nov. 16: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Shelbyville, TN – New Beginnings Baptist Church
2027 Madison Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Mon, Nov. 16: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Winchester, TN – First United Methodist Church
100 S Jefferson Street
Winchester, TN 37398
Mon, Nov. 16: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online at samaritanspurse.org.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call (615) 678-6200.