How you can participate in Operation Christmas Child

For the next week, several churches around the Miami Valley will be packing and collecting shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child.

The Miamisburg Christian Church alone is expecting to collect 4,000 to 5,000 boxes.

In all, Operation Christmas Child has a global goal of reaching 12 million children. Inside the boxes, children will find toys, hygiene items and even school supplies.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see these shoeboxes show up in places like Haiti, Brazil,” said Rich McKinley, with the Miamisburg Christian Church. “We had folks in the Philippines.”

The collection runs through Nov. 21.

For a complete list of drop-off locations, searchable by ZIP code, visit

News Center 7’s Adam Marshall is working on this story, and will have more later today.

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