Operation Christmas Child in N’ville

Published 3:20 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A nationwide non-profit event has landed in Nicholasville. 

Thousands of people across the U.S. have donated to Operation Christmas Child. Now residents of Jessamine County can participate too. 

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry project done by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people around the world.

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To participate in the project, community members donate shoeboxes filled with various gifts that will be delivered to children in need worldwide. 

“There is also a suggested list on our website of items to pack, and we do have a Pinterest page for gift ideas,” Sharon Catlin, of the Operation Christmas Child, said. 

“Participants should not include liquids or food items, war-related items or breakables,” Catlin said. 

The shoebox needs to be cardboard or plastic and can be wrapped, but the lid and the box should be done separately. Also, the gift can be for a girl or boy between the ages of 2 to 4, 5 to 9 or 10 to 14. 

Operation Christmas Child also offers a year-round opportunity to pack personalized shoeboxes online.

Nicholasville Baptist Church is the drop-off location for Jessamine County during National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child occuring Nov. 14 to the 21st. 

Other drop-off locations in central Kentucky include: Porter Memorial Baptist Church (Lexington), Consolidated Baptist Church (Lexington), First Christian Church (Versailles), Hyattsville Baptist Church (Lancaster), Southside Christian Church (Harrodsburg), Salvisa Baptist Church (Salvisa), get involved call the Nicholasville Baptist Church at (859) 885-6077 or visit