Operation Christmas Child accepting toy donations

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Northeast Louisiana branch of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is asking the community to donate toy boxes for children overseas.

The National Collection Week for donations is November 18-25, and you can drop items off at the Fair Park Baptist Church in West Monroe. (KNOE) -

They've been collecting school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and much more over the past few months to put in the boxes.

The National Collection Week is November 18-25 for donations from the community. You can drop items at Fair Park Baptist Church in West Monroe, or any other local organization partnering with OCC.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, and they will deliver these gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries.

"Many children around the world don't have easy access to basic school supplies like we do in America," said Northeast Louisiana volunteer Barbie Strickland, who has volunteered the project for several years. "Sending simple items, like notebooks and paper, can equip children to succeed in the classroom while reminding them that God loves them, and they are not forgotten."

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 318-396-6306, or visit their website.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. You can also head to Operation Christmas Child's website to see a list of items that are most needed. They also ask that you personalize your box with a letter to show the child who receives that box that you're thinking about them.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.