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National Collection Week kicks off for Operation Christmas Child

Starting Monday, Nov. 14, hundreds of local Operation Christmas Child volunteers began to transform empty shoeboxes—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—into gifts of hope.

Local families, churches, and other groups in Western North Carolina and all across the U.S. can drop-off their shoebox gifts local drop-off centers.

The Central Drop-Off Location in Franklin is Holly Springs Baptist Church but there are others across Western North Carolina including: 

First Baptist Church-Highlands- 220 Main Street Highlands, NC 28741

Cashiers Baptist Church-Cashiers-213 US Highway 64 E Cashiers, NC 28717

Jackson County

Lighthouse Baptist Chuch-Sylva-2577 US Highway 441 S Sylva, NC 28779

Ochre Hill Baptist Church-Sylva-14 Norman Drive Sylva, NC 28779

Swain County

First Baptist Church-Bryson City-37 Church Avenue Bryson City, NC 28713

Brush Creek Baptist Church-Bryson City-6640 Highway 28 S Bryson City, NC 28713

Curbside Drop-Off will be available for those wishing to remain in their vehicles.  National Collection Week, runs from Nov.14-21.

For more detailed information and a list of drop-off locations, visit  

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, seeks to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 198 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories.  This year, Operation Christmas Child will collect its 200-millionth shoebox! 

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