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Help with the world’s largest Christmas project
by Tribune Staff
Oct 27, 2010 | 600 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — Christmas is arriving early in Sparks, as Sparks prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Sparks residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. From Sparks, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary — sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds — to reach suffering children around the world.

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. 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.

Local collection sites:

• Sparks Christian Fellowship, 510 Greenbrae Drive in Sparks. Call 475-2128.

• Calvary Chapel Carson City, 1635 Clearview Drive in Carson City. Call 883-5215.

• Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, 28 Enterprise Way in Dayton. Call 233-1703.

• Tahoe Community Church, 145 Daggett Lane in Stateline. Call 544-5925.

• Faith Lutheran Church, 12 N. West St., in Yerington. Call 463-5675.

This is the first year Calvary Chapel Carson City, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, Tahoe Community Church and Faith Lutheran Church have served as a drop-off points for Operation Christmas Child. Last year, Sparks contributed 8,381 shoe boxes to join the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect more than 9,000 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief, and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.
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