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'Operation Christmas Child' Kicks Off In CNY

Some CNYers say they're not letting the economy get in the way of giving back. Next week kicks off the world's largest christmas project, 'Operation Christmas Child.' Several local churches will be collecting shoe-boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items and small toys. Each shoe-box will be sent to underprivledged children around the world as a Christmas gift.
Some CNYers say they're not letting the economy get in the way of giving back. Next week kicks off the world's largest christmas project, 'Operation Christmas Child.' Several local churches will be collecting shoe-boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items and small toys. Each shoe-box will be sent to underprivledged children around the world as a Christmas gift.

"It breaks my heart to think of these kids going unloved most of the year, except for this one day. Often times, this is the only gift this child has ever received and will ever receive," says Sarah Macri, relay center coordinator at Crosspoint Church.

Volunteers say they need the communities' help. They're asking residents to bring a gift- filled shoe-box or a donation of $7-dollars to any of the participating churches next week.

The participating sites by county are:
HERKIMER COUNTY
Mohawk Reformed Church, 20 S Otsego Street, Mohawk, info: 315-733-1198.
Hours: Mon Nov 18: 8:30-10: 30am, Tues Nov 19: 9-11am, Wed Nov 20: 5–7pm, Thurs Nov 21: 8–10am, Fri Nov 22: 4–6pm, Sat Nov 23: 9–11am, Sun Nov 24: 9am–12pm; and Mon Nov 25: 7:30–9:30am.


ONEIDA COUNTY
Resurrection Life Church, 628 Floyd Avenue, Rome, info: 315-339-6318.
Hours: Mon Nov 18: 11am–1pm, Tues Nov 19: 10am–12pm, Wed Nov 20: 10am–12pm, Thurs Nov 21: 10am–12pm, Fri Nov 22: 10am–12pm, Sat Nov 23: 10am–12pm, Sun Nov 24: 1pm–3 pm, Mon Nov 25: 10am–12pm.

Beacon Light Baptist Church, 5058 State Route 31, Vernon, info: 315-829-2086.
Hours: Mon Nov 18: 10am–12pm, 3pm–6pm, Tues Nov 19: 10am–12pm, 3pm–6pm, Wed Nov 20: 10am–12pm, 3pm–6pm, Thurs Nov 21: 10am–12pm, 3pm–6pm, Fri Nov 22: 10am–12pm, 3pm–6pm, Sat Nov 23: 10am–12pm, 3pm–6pm, Sun Nov 24: 10am–12pm, 3pm–6pm, Mon Nov 25: 10am–12pm.

Crosspoint Church, 317 Oriskany Boulevard, Whitesboro, 315-797-4520.
Hours: Mon Nov 18: 11am–1pm, Tues Nov 19: 11am–1pm, Wed Nov 20: 11am–1pm, Thurs Nov 21: 11am–1pm, Fri Nov 22: 11am–1pm, Sat Nov 23: 9am–12pm, Sun Nov 24: 9am–12pm, Mon Nov 25: 9am–10am.

Boonville United Methodist Church, 105 Ann Street, Boonville, 315-725-0278.
Hours: Mon Nov 18: 10am–2pm, Tues Nov 19: 10am–2pm, Wed Nov 20: 10am–2pm, Thurs Nov 21: 10am–2pm, Fri Nov 22: 10am–3pm, 5pm–7pm, Sat Nov 23: 9:30am–5pm, Sun Nov 24: 12pm–5pm, Mon Nov 25: 9am–7pm.

For more information, contact area coordinator Patty Jennings at 315-232-2690 or learn more online at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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