Local Church to Help Global Effort


This month, Central Baptist Church at 2133 Central Ave. will collect donations for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child. The church joins nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Monday, Nov. 13, through Monday, Nov. 20, Alameda residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, personal hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

This year, the Alameda County California Area Team hopes to contribute more than 20,500 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

The church is accepting donations Monday, Nov. 13, through Thursday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 20, from 8 to 10 a.m.