This month, Grace Foursquare Church in Ely will serve as a drop-off location for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Ely residents will transform shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

After being dropped off, Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children living in poverty overseas.

This year, Northern Utah residents hope to contribute more than 25,000 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children. “We have an opportunity in Ely to give these simple shoebox gifts that will make a lasting impact on children across the world,” said Ely volunteer Sue Winder, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for many years.

“For many of these children, this shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. It sends a message that God loves them, and they are not forgotten.”

Ely, Nevada Drop-off Site

Grace Foursquare Church

1301 Avenue E

Ely, NV 89301

OPERATING HOURS: Monday, Nov. 13 thru Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call (801) 264-9999 or visit

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.