ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Volunteers in Turner County began the week by collecting gifts for children living in poverty across the world.
National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child began Monday and goes through Monday, November 21.
The program invites churches, individuals and other organizations to donate essentials, including soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, along with toys to kids in need in more than 100 different countries.
Volunteers, like Carole Freeman who coordinates the Operation Christmas Child Relay Center in Ashburn, said it provides a chance to spread the gospel to children in countries they may not get to visit in person.
"It tells them that somebody loves them, that somebody actually cares for them; and, it's a way for us to tell them about God's love, that God loves them," said Freeman.
The drop-off location in Ashburn is First Baptist Church of Ashburn's Family Life Center, located across the street from the courthouse.
Volunteers will accept donations the following dates and times:
- November 15-18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- November 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- November 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child, click here.