Operation Christmas Child

Workers fill red and green shoe boxes at the Freedom Ridge drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child. The collected items will be sent to children in more than 125 countries to help them have school supplies items, toothbrushes and toys, said Dawson, who has worked with the program off and on since it began in 1997.

MOUNT VERNON -- The Operation Christmas Drive hopes to send 19,000 shoe boxes stuffed with toiletries, school supplies and toys to needy children across the globe.

The Samaritan's Purse effort, operating in Knox, Richland, Ashland, Marion, Morrow and Crawford Counties hopes to help needy children find a bit of joy during the holiday season.

"The idea is to give them things they need," said spokeswoman Elizabeth Dawson. "But mostly, it's about Jesus."

The collected items will be sent to children in more than 125 countries to help them have school supplies items, toothbrushes and toys, said Dawson, who has worked with the program off and on since it began in 1997.

Last year, 12 million boxes were distributed collectively thorough the International project, Dawson said.


Drop off Locations:

Knox County

Mount Vernon - Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon OH 43050-9066

Monday, Nov. 18: 8 to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 8 to 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 8 to 10 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 8 to 10 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 8 to 10 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 1 to 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 8 to 10 a.m.

Mount Vernon - Brandon Baptist Church, 13513 Sycamore Road, Mount Vernon OH 43050-9419

Monday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 2 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 1 to 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 8 to 11 a.m.

Richland County

Ontario - Freedom Ridge,  2200 Bedford Boulevard, Ontario OH 44906-1101

Monday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to noon.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Nov. 24: noon to 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mansfield - Community Bible Church, 1043 Springmill Street, Mansfield OH 44906-1571

Monday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 1 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 5 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Nov. 22: 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 a.m. to noon.

Shelby, OH - First United Methodist Church, 18 S Gamble Street, Shelby OH 44875-1541

Monday, Nov. 18: 3 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 3 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 3 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 2 to 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 1 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 1 to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 2 to 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 a.m. 11 a.m.

Crawford County

Bucyrus - Saint Johns United Church of Christ, 120 S Lane Street, Bucyrus OH 44820-2312

Monday, Nov. 18: 8 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 9 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 3 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 1 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 8 to 10 a.m.

Galion - Grace Point, 683 Portland Way North, Galion OH 44833-1151

Monday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 3 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. to noon.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m. to noon.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 a.m. to noon.

Ashland County

Ashland -Little Flock Fellowship Church, 1149 County Road 30A, Ashland OH 44805-9422

Monday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to noon.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 1 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 to 11 a.m.

Ashland - Park Street Brethren Church 619 Park Street Ashland OH 44805-3114

Monday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 9 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m. to noon.

Loudonville - Loudonville Church of the Nazarene, 509 N Union Street, Loudonville OH 44842-1041

Monday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 4 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 to 11 a.m.

Marion County

Marion - Dayspring Wesleyan Church, 2431 Marion Mount Gilead Road, Marion OH 43302-8912

Monday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 1 to 4 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 9 to 11 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 2 to 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 a.m. to noon.

Morrow County

Mount Gilead At His Feet Christian Center, 257 Lee Street, Mount Gilead OH 43338-1153

Monday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24: 2 to 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25: 9 to 11 a.m.

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