Donations sought for Operation Christmas Child

This month, locations in the Bridgeport area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Bridgeport residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow!” item — like a doll or soccer ball — other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said regional manager Gaye Newlun.

During National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23, Bridgeport and surrounding area residents hope to contribute more than 27,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Local collection sites:


Silliman Memorial Baptist, 1728 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport

Monday, Nov. 16, 10-noon

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10-noon; 5-7

Wednesday, Nov. 18, noon-2

Thursday, Nov. 19, 10-noon

Friday, Nov. 20, 10-noon

Saturday, Nov. 21, noon-2

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1-3

Monday, Nov. 23, 9-11


Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road, Trumbull

Monday, Nov. 16, 9:30-12:30

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9:30-12:30

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3-6:30

Thursday, Nov. 19, 3-6:30

Friday, Nov. 20, 9:30-12:30

Saturday, Nov. 21, 9:30-12:30

Sunday, Nov. 22, 12:30-4

Monday, Nov. 23, 9:30-12:30


First Assembly of God, 133 Junction Road, Brookfield

Monday, Nov. 16, 11-1

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11-1

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11-1

Thursday, Nov. 19, 11-1

Friday, Nov. 20, 11-1

Saturday, Nov. 21, 11-1

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1-6

Monday, Nov. 23, 8-8:30


Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 208 East Avenue, Norwalk

Monday, Nov. 16, 5-7

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5:30-7:30

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10-noon

Thursday, Nov. 19, 4-6

Friday, Nov. 20, 6-8

Saturday, Nov. 21, 9-noon

Sunday, Nov. 22, noon-2; 6-8

Monday, Nov. 23, 8:30-10

Hours are subject to change. A full list of area collection locations may be found at

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child call 518-437-0690. With a computer or mobile device, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website. Go to to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox. These gifts of hope will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at