OGDEN -- Through Nov. 25, area residents can drop off colorfully wrapped "shoebox" gifts for delivery to children in need throughout the world.
The charitable gift drive, called Operation Christmas Child, is part of a nationwide Christian collection effort.
"It's amazing to think that small items we often take for granted in the U.S. -- soap, a toothbrush and pencils -- can bring excitement and hope to a child living in extreme poverty overseas," longtime volunteer and Utah resident Judy Harris said in a recent statement. "This simple shoebox gift is an opportunity to change a child's life."
Operation Christmas Child is run by Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, it has distributed over 100 million surprise packages to children who live in poverty worldwide.
Ogden has two collection sites where donors can drop off shoeboxes filled with child-appropriate items such as toys, school supplies and hygiene items:
* Community United Methodist Church at 163 W. 4800 South, Drop off times are 2 to 6 p.m. through Wednesday; noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 25.
* Genesis Project at 270 12th St. Drop off times are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; and 7 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25.
More information about the effort can be found online at samaritanspurse.org.
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