Operation Christmas Child 2013 collections set to get underway

Numerous church organizations again are serving as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child.

A program begun years ago through Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child receives shoe boxes donated by people in the public and distributes them to children in orphanages and refugee camps around the world. A list of items to be placed in a shoe box is available on the Samaritans Purse website: or visit

People are reminded to use regular size shoe boxes and to note what is and what is not acceptable for a shoe box. No military items, breakable items, liquids, chocolates or anything that will melt, and no rubber snakes, spiders, etc.

According to the OCC website, since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoe box gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

Area collection sites, times:

Pine Street United Methodist Church

441 Pine St.


For more information, call Betty Lou Wheeland at 570-337-4491

Monday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, 12:30-6:30 p.m.

(NOTE: Last year 2,950 boxes were collected)

St. John Lutheran Church

229 S. Broad St.

Jersey Shore


Monday, 9 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, 3-6 p.m.

Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon

Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

Friday, 3-6 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 8-9 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church

18 Market St.



Monday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

House of the Lord Fellowship Church

201 W. Main St.

Lock Haven


Monday, 9 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon

Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 8-10 a.m.

(Times from OCC website)

Millview Wesleyan Church

6575 Route 87



Monday, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon

Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

Friday, 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 9-10 a.m.

Five Star Parish United Methodist Church

158 Church St.

Westfield, PA 16950


Monday, Noon-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Noon-5 p.m.

Wednesday, Noon-7 p.m.

Thursday, Noon-7 p.m.

Friday, noon-7 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 9-11 a.m.

Grace Community

of Blossburg

248 Main St.


Monday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, 3-8 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 8-10 a.m.

(Times from OCC website)

Fellowship Bible Church

121 Mud Creek Road



Monday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon

Monday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.