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It is at last the week many have been waiting for! The time to drop off your shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to those who live in other countries. The Northeast Mississippi area will host a prayer walk at the Ballard Park this Saturday, November 16, 1-5 p.m. and then collection will begin on Monday, November 18 in various locations. Find the location and time nearest you, or look for the location that will be open during the time you can drop off your shoe boxes.

The concept of packing a shoe box sized bit of joy first started in 1993, with one man's desire to see children in war worn countries get a bit of comfort and joy, to lift their spirits, even if just for a moment, out of the unspeakable horrors of war and loneliness that they faced every day. 

From that vision has grown a world-wide ministry under the auspices of Samaritan’s Purse headed up by the late Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, whose main goal with the shoebox is to share the gospel with the children as they are receiving the shoebox gifts. Each box is given with a gospel tract for the children to take home and read. The boxes are distributed through the local churches on the ground so there is follow up after the box with a book called The Greatest Journey. The children who wish come back for a 12 week Bible study and learn how to disciple others.

If you have never participated in Operation Christmas child shoebox gifts here is how you can begin. Get a shoe box from your closet, or you can purchase a heavy plastic shoe box sized box from the dollar store. 

You choose the age group of boy or girl that you want to pack for which includes ages 2-4; 5-9; and 10-14.

The boxes are packed with a variety of things.  First and foremost please pack school supplies and hygiene items. These are things we take for granted here in America, but are desperately needed in places like Africa.

School supplies such as pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Hygiene items such as toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths can be packed.

Toys that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls,  glow in the dark stars, balloons and other simple toys that children enjoy.

For older children there are  sewing kits, hammer and nails, soccer ball with pump and jewelry.

Other accessories such as t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries) also can go into the box.

PLEASE NOTE, no soldiers or war related items such as knives or guns are allowed and no candy or toothpaste is allowed.

Anyone packing a box is also encouraged to include a note with a photograph. 

Once you pack the box, please ask for a label when you drop it off and mark it for the age group you have packed for, or you can write it on the top of the box with a permanent marker. Put a rubber band around your box to keep it shut. Please do not tape it because it will be opened and prayed over and processed further in Atlanta.

Please note there are two locations in Saltillo and two locations in Oxford and two locations in Pontotoc County (Pontotoc and Ecru) to take in your boxes.

Amory

First Baptist Church

303 1st Avenue

Amory, MS 38821-3508

Mon, Nov. 18: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Sat, Nov. 23: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Sun, Nov. 24: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Booneville

First Baptist Church Booneville

401 W Church Street

Booneville, MS 38829-4601

Mon, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Corinth

Farmington Baptist Church

84 County Road 106A

Corinth, MS 38834-7506

Mon, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and  2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Derma

Derma Baptist Church

213 N Main Street

Derma, MS 38839

Mon, Nov. 18: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Ecru

Ecru Baptist Church

550 Main Street

Ecru, MS 38841-9706

Mon, Nov. 18: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Thu, Nov. 21: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Eupora

Sapa Baptist Church

165 N Sapa Road

Eupora, MS 39744

Mon, Nov. 18: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Mon, Nov. 18: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Wed, Nov. 20: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Fulton

Trinity Baptist Church

302 S Adams Street

Fulton, MS 38843-0638

Mon, Nov. 18: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Glen

The Bridge at Burnsville

98 Highway 72 W

Glen, MS 38846-9508

Mon, Nov. 18: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wed, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Thu, Nov. 21: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Sun, Nov. 24: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Holly Springs

First Baptist Church

190 E College Avenue

Holly Springs, MS 38635-3027

Mon, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 18: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Houston

Cornerstone Church

713 Starkville Road

Houston, MS 38851-8764

Mon, Nov. 18: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Nettleton

Crosspointe Church

265 Metts Road

Nettleton, MS 38858

Mon, Nov. 18: 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Mon, Nov. 18: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Wed, Nov. 20: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Thu, Nov. 21: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM

New Albany

New Birth Community Church

614 Glade Street

New Albany, MS 38652-0207

Mon, Nov. 18: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Oxford

First Baptist Church

800 Van Buren Avenue

Oxford, MS 38655-3844

Mon, Nov. 18: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Wed, Nov. 20: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Sat, Nov. 23: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oxford

The Wesley Foundation

425 Jackson Avenue W

Oxford, MS 38655-2626

Mon, Nov. 18: 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pontotoc

West Heights Baptist Church

328 W Oxford Street

Pontotoc, MS 38863-1204

Mon, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sun, Nov. 24: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Saltillo

NorthStar Church

112 Bauhaus Drive

Saltillo, MS 38866-9104

Mon, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Saltillo

Faith Baptist Church

553 County Road 681

Saltillo, MS 38866-7915

Mon, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 18: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Senatobia

 Wyatte Baptist Church

30721 Highway 4 E

Senatobia, MS 38668-5813

Mon, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tue, Nov. 19: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Wed, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Wed, Nov. 20: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Fri, Nov. 22: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sat, Nov. 23: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sun, Nov. 24: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Sun, Nov. 24: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tupelo

Harrisburg Baptist Church - The Adventure Lodge

4675 Cliff Gookin Boulevard

Tupelo, MS 38801-7037

Mon, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 18: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Water Valley

First Baptist Church Water Valley

800 N Main Street

Water Valley, MS 38965-2117

Mon, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

West Point

Faith Baptist Church

3695 E Church Hill Road

West Point, MS 39773-5094

Mon, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tue, Nov. 19: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 20: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thu, Nov. 21: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 22: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 23: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 24: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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