It's Operation Christmas Child Collection Week - Shoebox Drop-off Locations, Safety Procedures

Even in a pandemic, Operation Christmas Child is collecting shoeboxes full of small gifts this week to send to children around the world.

Since 1993, over 178 million shoeboxes have been distributed in more than 160 countries and territories. People give toys, hygiene items and school supplies to help children thrive and know that someone loves them. Churches and civic organizations participate as well. 

National collection week is November 16-23, and because of COVID-19, drop-off locations have changed some of the procedures they use:

1. As you arrive, signage will direct you to a volunteer who will be wearing a mask and gloves will ask if you want to have your vehicle unloaded, or if you prefer to do it yourself. 

2. While your shoeboxes are being unloaded, a volunteer will provide a QR code so you can fill out an online form on your smart phone, or the volunteer can fill out a paper version with information you provide. 

3. If you prefer to unload the boxes yourself, a volunteer will bring a cart to your vehicle. Once you have placed your boxes on the cart and the donation form is completed, you are free to go!

This touchless method for collection will provide safety for donors and volunteers, while allowing everyone to continue the ministry of Operation Christmas Child through simple shoebox gifts. 

If you haven't yet packed a shoebox, you still have time and can find more information at the link below. You can even fill a shoebox online!

Here are operating hours for drop-off locations in our area:

Ballard County
Grace United Methodist Church, 3752 Paducah Road, La Center
Monday 8-10 am; Tuesday thru Thursday 9-11 am, Friday noon-2 pm; Saturday 9-11 am; Sunday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm; Monday 11/23 8-10 am.


Calloway County
Baptist Campus Ministries, 800 Waldrop Drive, Murray
Monday thru Friday 10 am - 2 pm; Saturday-Sunday 2-4 pm; Monday 11/23 8-10 am.


Fulton County
First Baptist Church, 115 2nd Street, Fulton
Monday-Tuesday 3-5 pm; Wednesday 4-6 pm; Thursday 3-5 pm; Friday noon - 2 pm; Saturday 10 am - noon; Sunday 2-4 pm; Monday 11/23 9-11 am.


Graves County
Community Fellowship, 90 State Route 408 West, Hickory
Monday 4-6 pm; Tuesday 8 am - noon; Wednesday 3-6 pm; Thursday 8 am - noon; Friday-Saturday noon - 4 pm; Sunday 2-5 pm; Monday 11/23 8 am - 4 pm.

First United Methodist Church, 214 South 8th Street, Mayfield
Monday 9-11 am; Tuesday 4-6 pm; Wednesday-Thursday 10 am - noon; Friday 2-4 pm; Saturday 10 am - noon; Sunday 1-3 pm; Monday 11/23 8-10 am.


Hickman County 
New Harmony Baptist Church, 73 Brent Road, Clinton
Monday-Tuesday 8-10 am; Wednesday 6-8 pm; Thursday-Saturday 8-10 am; Sunday noon - 2 pm; Monday 11/23 8-10 am.


McCracken County 
Friendship Baptist Church, 146 South Friendship Road, Paducah
Monday thru Friday 10 am - 1 pm; Saturday 1-3 pm; Sunday 2-4 pm; Monday 11/23 10 am - 1 pm.

Rickman Road Baptist Church, 3335 Rickman Road, West Paducah
Monday 10 am - 1pm; Tuesday 9 am - noon; Wednesday 3-6 pm; Thursday 4-7 pm; Friday 1-4 pm; Saturday 10 am - 2 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm; Monday 11/23 9-11 am.

Southland Baptist Temple, 927 Yarbro Lane, Paducah
Monday 1-3 pm; Tuesday 8-11 am; Wednesday 9-11 am; Thursday 8-10 am; Friday 3:30-5:30 pm; Saturday 9-11 am; Sunday 1-3 pm; Monday 11/23 9-11 am. 


Marshall County 
Briensburg Baptist Church, 892 Briensburg Road, Benton
Monday thru Friday 9 am - noon; Saturday 10 am - 1 pm; Sunday 1-3 pm; Monday 11/23 9 am - noon.

Pathway Baptist Church, 229 West 5th Avenue, Calvert City
Monday thru Friday 9 am - 2 pm; Saturday 10 am - noon; Sunday 12:30-2:30 pm; Monday 11/23 9-11 am.


Massac County 
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1119 Market Street, Metropolis 
Monday thru Saturday 2-6 pm; Sunday noon - 2 pm; Monday 11/23 9-11 am.



On the Net:

Operation Christmas Child website


Published 12:00 AM, Monday Nov. 16, 2020
Updated 12:03 PM, Monday Nov. 16, 2020

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