Operation Christmas Child collection starts Nov. 12

POULSBO — The World’s Largest Christmas Project is once again arriving on the shores of Liberty Bay, as the Poulsbo Operation Christmas Child drop-off site prepares to collect its yearly bounty of shoe box gifts for children in need around the globe.

Located at St. Charles Church, the site brought in 7,310 shoe boxes last year, each filled with items including school supplies, toys, necessity items, candy and letters of encouragement. This year, the organization is hoping Little Norway will gather 8,500 boxes.

“Operation Christmas Child is an excellent, hands-on way to give to another child where they can tangibly see what they’re giving,” said Poulsbo drop-off site coordinator Tamara Henry. “It’s a way for people here to be able to reach children in other countries.”

National Collection Week will run Nov. 12-19. Children, families and individuals are encouraged to participate. From Poulsbo, the packages will be sorted and sent out via trucks, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels and even dogsleds. Gifts are hand-delivered to more than 8 million kids in 90 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, has delivered more than 54 million gift-filled shoe boxes.

Any regular-sized shoe box or six-quart plastic lidded container is acceptable. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at

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