LISBON – Volunteers at the Lisbon Falls Nazarene Church are collecting gifts this week for Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse.

The gifts will be sorted and sent by whatever means necessary – sea containers, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels and even dog sleds – to reach suffering children around the world.

The local church hopes to collect 2,700 gift-filled shoe boxes through Sunday. The gifts can be dropped off at the Nazarene Church at 184 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“It is so exciting to be a part of one of the largest outreach programs in the world and to truly touch children’s hearts,” said coordinator Christie Drummond. For more information, phone Drummond at 846-4944.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, has delivered more than 54 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 120 countries. The group collects school supplies, toys, necessity items and candy for delivery to underprivileged children on six continents, including North America.

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