Operation Christmas Child drop-off in Lincoln

LINCOLN — Organizers in Alcona County are busy collecting donation boxes for Operation Christmas Child and will be gathering boxes and other items until Monday.

Organizer Sandy Richie said the drop off location is at the Lincoln United Methodist Church with drop-off times from 10 a.m. until noon.

The program is through Samaritan’s Purse and aims to give gift boxes to children in impoverished areas of the world during Christmas time.

Richie said the items are packed into shoeboxes and include everything from small clothing items like socks and underwear, school supplies like tablet paper and pencils and personal grooming items.

“They would have to be solid soaps, they won’t take anything that is liquid, no body wash things like that, anything that is liquid they will take out of the box,” she said.

The church is accepting donations of prepackaged boxes, which are shipped for a fee of $9 or items that will be given to the distribution center and used to pack other boxes.

“That is what our church did this year, we have been collecting items all year and each month we’re collecting a particular item.

More information about the Lincoln drop-off center can be found by calling Richie at 736-8316.

There is also a collection location at the Alpena Free Methodist Church collection dates and times are Nov. 13-20. Times are Wednesday 3-6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Monday 8-10 a.m.

Those with questions may contact the relay coordinator, Jackie Barber, at 464-5426 or assistant relay coordinator Edie Kelley at 354-4250.

According to Richie after all the boxes are collected they will be shipped to Gaylord and then on to other distribution locations around the world.

Jason Ogden can be reached via email at jogden@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693. Follow Jason on Twitter @jo_alpenanews.