World’s Largest Christmas Project Opens Collection Site In Franklin County Nov. 17-24

(Photo courtesy of Samaritans Purse)

Area Residents Help 10 Million Children in Need this Christmas through Operation Christmas Child.

UNION, Mo, October 27, 2014— People across the United States are beginning to fill up their Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes in a global mission to help needy children across the world. 

Union’s First Baptist Church will serve as the collection sites for Franklin County residents who want to drop off their boxes.  Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. This annual project is a favorite for many residents, families, churches and groups, who want to help spread the season’s joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.

“Anyone can participate. Whether you are young or old, Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Lynne Moll, Area Coordinator for the Southwest St. Louis region.

Through local drop-off sites, residents across this region hope to contribute more than 22,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2014 global goal of reaching 10 million children living in poverty, disease, and war.

Child in Liberia after receiving his Christmas box. (Photo courtesy of Samaritans Purse)

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in over 150 countries. For many of these children, this gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.


First Baptist Church
801 U.S. Highway 50 E
Union, MO 63084
Contact:  Assoc. Pastor Chris Fusco at (636) 584-4381 or

Monday, November 17:      12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18:     11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 19: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 20:    11 a.m. - 5 p.m
Friday, November 21:     12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday, November 23:   12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, November 24:   8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call Lynne Moll at (636) 584-0247 or visit

National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 17-24.  Participants can also build a shoebox through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries. Click Here to learn more.

Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their boxes online and discover the country to which their gifts will be delivered to children in need.

There is also information about how to pack a show box.  Visit Operation Christmas Child on the Samaritans Purse website by click here.