The Orchard will again serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box drive. Residents are asked to pack shoe boxes with gifts (including small toys, personal care items such as hair brushes, hair accessories, toothbrushes as well as stickers, school supplies and hard candy) that will be distributed to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. In 2011, the Roaring Fork valley contributed just over 1000 shoe boxes to the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year organizers have set a goal to collect 1250 shoe boxes from area families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations. “Operation Christmas Child is a unique opportunity to do something as simple as packing a shoe box that will have a lasting impact on a child a world away,” said Rosalind Fowler, Operation Christmas Child drop-off site coordinator. “We are excited about the 2012 collection season that will kick off on October 21, 2012. Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has provided gifts to more than 86 million children in more than 130 countries. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.SamaritansPurse.org. The Orchard also serves as a Regional Collection Center for other area churches, civic organizations, schools and businesses. IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: Saturday, November 10th – 10am–noon – 3rd Annual Packing and Wrapping Party at The Gathering Center at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive. Regional Center Drop off hours: Monday, November 12 – 11am–1pm Tuesday, November 13 – 5-7pm Wednesday, November 14 – 11am–1pm Thursday, November 15 – 5-7pm Friday, November 16 – 11am–1pm Saturday, November 17 – 10am-1pm Sunday, November 18 – noon-3pm – final drop off day, all shoe boxes packed and shipped. The Property Shop is generously donating their moving truck again this year to transport all the boxes to Grand Junction where they will be sent to the distribution center in Denver and then repacked to be shipped all over the world. Wednesday, November 28th – The Orchard will host a trip to volunteer at the Regional Processing Center in Denver. For more information on any of these activities please cont
Roaring Fork Valley’s Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Drive sets goal of 1250 “Shoeboxes” for Chi
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