NOVEMBER 11, 2015

Cave Creek collects 5,000 gifts for children in need

November 16-23: Cave Creek opens collection site for world’s largest Christmas project
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CAVE CREEK – This month, Black Mountain Baptist Church will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Cave Creek residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Cave Creek 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 Cave Creek project coordinator Linda Gregerson.

At Black Mountain Baptist Church during National Collection Week, Nov. 16 – 23, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Cave Creek residents hope to contribute more than 5,000 shoebox gifts to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Black Mountain Baptist Church
33955 N Cave Creek Road
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Mon, Nov. 16: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 17: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 19: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online.

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 (602) 510-0871. 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