Cherry Grove Baptist Church and Green Sea Baptist Church are Relay Collection Center for Operation Christmas Child this year for the Tabor City, Loris, Green Sea, Fair Bluff, Nichols, Tabor City and surrounding areas.
Collection week is November 13 through 20.
Collection hours vary, and include:
- Cherry Grove Baptist, 9833 Swamp Fox Hwy West, about midway between Tabor City and Fair Bluff on NC 904: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13; 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14, 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 15, 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 9a.m. to noon, Nov. 20.
- Green Sea Baptist Church, 1241 Green Sea Road: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15; 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18; 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19; 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 20.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an International Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham that collects gift-filled shoeboxes and delivers them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in desperate situations around the world.
Churches, organizations, schools, businesses, civic groups, and individuals are invited to pack shoeboxes and bring them to any Operation Christmas Child collection sites.
Collection sites are also located at Whiteville United Methodist Church, North Strand Community Church in Little River, North Conway Baptist Church, Bethany Bible Chapel in Conway, Antioch Baptist Church in Galivants Ferry, and Shallotte Presbyterian Church.