Operation Christmas Child Shoebox is under way
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Sunday, Nov. 15 — 11 a.m.: sixth annual Packing and Wrapping Party and fundraiser lunch at The Gathering Center at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale.
Saturday, Dec. 5 — The Orchard will host a trip to volunteer at the Regional Processing Center in Denver.
Regional Center Drop off hours
Monday, Nov. 16 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19 — 5-7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22 — noon to 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23 — 9-10 a.m. — The Orchard will receive last minute boxes. All shoeboxes will be packed and shipped.
The Orchard in Carbondale will again serve as a collection point for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive. Residents are asked to pack shoeboxes with gifts (including small toys, personal care items such as hair brushes, hair accessories, toothbrushes as well as stickers, school supplies and hard candy) and drop them off at The Orchard at any time. The boxes will be distributed to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.
In 2014, the Roaring Fork valley contributed more than 700 shoeboxes to the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year organizers have set a goal to collect 1,000 shoeboxes from area families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has provided gifts to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries. To register shoebox gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at http://www.SamaritansPurse.org.
New this year, the annual Packing and Wrapping Party is a valleywide event in conjunction with area churches, civic organizations, schools and businesses. It will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15, at The Gathering Center at The Orchard starting at 11 a.m. There will also be a special fundraiser lunch to cover the costs of shipping all of the boxes packed at the party. This event is open to everyone. And once again, The Orchard also serves as a Regional Collection Center for all the boxes packed in our area.
For more information on any of these activities contact Kara Montie at The Orchard at 970-963-8773, ext. 104.
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