Operation Christmas Child involves 2 local churches

       Two Westside churches are helping with Operation Christmas Child - a nationwide effort to send shoebox gifts to needy children in more than 90 countries.
       Volunteers are needed to help fill shoeboxes with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and a letter of encouragement, according to a press release.
       The churches are the First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St., and the Calvary Worship Center, 501 Castle Road, both of which have helped the effort for several years.
       “We know that we, here in America, are richly blessed, and we have a responsibility to share our resources with those less fortunate than us,” said Steve Elisha, Chair of the Missions Committee at First Evangelical.
       At Calvary, Sue McGinty said her goal is to “extend hope and grace to them in the name of Jesus by giving them these small gifts and the good news.”
       For information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 260-9356 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.
       The National Collection Week is Nov. 12-19.

From a press release