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Operation Christmas Child collection week set to begin

(WBIR) An East Tennessee church is working to spread holiday cheer to children worldwide, in memory of a young Knoxville girl.

Salem Baptist Church packed hundreds of boxes Sunday evening for Operation Christmas Child, a long standing project through the group Samaritan's Purse.

Each one included donated items such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for kids less fortunate around the world.

The church's boxes are extra special because they are made in memory of Emily Barger, a young Knoxville girl who passed away from cancer a few years ago.

"She meant a lot to us and her story means a lot to us yet, so as we pack a box in memory of Emily we put a letter in there to explain to the child what her story was and what it was about and why that box is special," Barbara Robertson, the church's project leader, said.

Last year, they packed more than 1,100 boxes and hoped to pack even more than that this year.

November 17-24 is national collection week for Operation Christmas Child. You can drop off your own boxes at designated sites throughout East Tennessee. You can find a full list of locations and hours on Samaritan Purse's website.

Drop-off locations within 20 miles of Knoxville

  • Knoxville Expo Center
  • Alcoa First United Methodist Church
  • First Baptist Church of Concord
  • Buffat Heights Baptist Church
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Monte Vista Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Milan Baptist Church
  • Calvary Baptist Church


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