Wednesday November 7, 2012

Grace Church Congregational at 1055 Williams St. will serve as the collection site for Operation Christmas Child, a worldwide Christmas project, from Nov. 12 to 19.

Local volunteers are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.

Operation Christmas Child is a year-round project of international relief aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Pittsfield-area collection site. The shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world.

Collection hours are 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Nov. 12 to 15; 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16; 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17; 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18; and 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19.

Additional local collection sites can be found using the online zip code locator at