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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 17, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -South Georgians are gathering gifts for Children in the World's largest Christmas Project this week.

Volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church opened their Operation Christmas Child collection site in Albany Monday morning.

More than 800 gift wrapped shoe boxes were dropped off on the first collection day. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse Ministry, and has delivered more than 61 million boxes since 1993. More than 50 people at Sherwood Baptist will collect the boxes, preparing them to be shipped to 90 countries torn by war, natural disaster, or poverty.

Team Leader Connie Thomas said "Children that may not have any other toys in their lives. This may be the only toy they get this year for Christmas. Their families are struggling to just feed them and clothe them."

Sherwood Baptist hopes to collect 6000 gift wrapped shoe boxes, filled with little presents like pencils, school supplies, or gifts for kids.

Their collection point is in the Church parking lot at Whispering Pines and Doncaster Lane, and will be open from 9 to 1 Monday through Friday. 9 to noon Saturday, and Sunday 4 to 5:30.

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