Operation Christmas Child collection site opens in Columbia City

COLUMBIA CITY — In Columbia City, a nearby location is being transformed into a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.Local volunteers will be on hand to receive an expected 2,000 gift-filled shoeboxes, packed by Columbia City residents with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. At this local collection site in the Columbia City area, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas.Then, using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received.This collection site will be open during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Monday, Nov. 18 through Monday, Nov. 25.A list of additional nearby locations around Columbia City can be found online. The Columbia City collection site will be Big Lake Church of God, 6955 N. Ind. 109, Columbia City. They can be reached at 1-800-567-8580.Operating hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 23 and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Nov. 25. To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 5 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.