The collection sites for Operation Christmas Child will open Monday. 

The nation-wide event has delivered shoe boxes to children in over 160 countries since 1993.

Judy Foster is one of the organizers with Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.

"They had no idea it was going to grow like it has but over 168 million boxes have gone around the world to these child," Foster said. "We expect to collect 11 million this year to go in 2019 to go to children around the world."

The public is invited to fill shoe boxes with items like toys, school supplies, soap, and toothbrushes. 

The boxes are sent to one of 5,000 drop-off sites before they are sent across the ocean to countries in need. 

She said some of these boxes are delivered to children who have never received a gift before.

"It's important for us because it's something we can do that's very simple and not very expensive," Foster said. 

It's a small gesture she said has a lasting impact on the child. 

Organizers are collecting shoe boxes and monetary donations from November 18-25. 

OTHER DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

  • Hinton United Methodist Church
  • Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church
  • Red Bank Baptist Church
  • Hickory Valley Baptist Church
  • Wayside Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church Dunlap 
  • First Baptist Church in Fort Oglethorpe

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