What is Operation Christmas Child?The Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts-filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items-and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories.In 2017, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. Nearly 11.5 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2016, with more than 9.1 million collected in the U.S.How Can YOU Help?Conway and the surrounding communities have been participating in the collection of these shoebox gifts since 1999. Scores of churches, groups, teams, classes, businesses, families and individuals from our local community have contributed thousands of boxes since 1999.The entire community is invited to join in this gift giving ministry. The 2017 Collection Week is November 13th-20th. The drop off location this year isÂ 1051 Hogan Lane (Fellowship Bible Church). Drop off hours are fromÂ 10am-2pm Monday through Friday,Â with additional hours fromÂ 7-9pm on Wednesday, 10am-12pm on Saturday, 1-6pm on Sunday, and 9am-12pm the last Monday. What Do You Pack In A Shoebox?Anyone can pack a shoebox. Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls.Do NOT Include candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.What's New?The Go Store is a one-stop location in downtown Conway where you can find quality items at discounted prices for your Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts!The GO Store is in a NEW location at 807 Court Street in Conway.The GO Store Mission: ToÂ offerÂ qualityÂ merchandiseÂ atÂ discountÂ pricesÂ to individuals andÂ groups wishingÂ toÂ pack shoeboxes to benefitÂ Operation ChristmasÂ ChildÂ and to make items cheaper and more accessible-allowing those packing to send more shoeboxes for the same amount of money; therefore, increasing their impact in spreading The Gospel and making disciples of the nations.Â Visit us online at www.ConwayGOstore.com. New Initiatives for 2017: No Candy or Toothpaste, Shoebox Donation $9.Information on what to include and what not to include atÂ SamaritansPurse.org/occ. Operation Christmas Child suggests a shipping donation of $9. Shipping donations can be made online on the Samaritan's Purse website. Click on the Follow Your Box tab and receive a tracking label to discover its destination."This is an exciting week that we plan for all year. We love seeing the faces and hearing the stories of the people who donate shoeboxes each year, and we count it as such a privilege to share these gifts with these children in desperate situations!" said Dawn Wilson, Arkansas River Valley Area Coordinator. For more information, in addition to the website, contact Dawn Wilson at (501) 269-0434.