NEWSBRIEF: Drop-off site for international Christmas project

This month, sites in the area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

St. Paul families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, St. Paul-area residents hope to collect more than 8,860 gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

Riverview Baptist Church, 14 Moreland Ave. E., in West St. Paul will be a drop-off spot on the following dates:

• Nov. 12: 4 to 6 p.m.

• Nov. 13: 4 to  6 p.m.

• Nov. 14: 4 to  6 p.m.

• Nov. 15: 6 to 8 p.m.

• Nov. 16: noon to 4 p.m.

• Nov. 17: noon to 4 p.m.

• Nov. 18: noon to 2 p.m.

• Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to noon

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