Limestone collecting Christmas shoebox gifts

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The Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mexia, stacks packed Christmas shoebox gifts in a hallway of the church. The congregants have already turned in 200 of the gifts and they will be added to those from other local churches to be distributed to impoverished children around the world. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Packaging a Christmas shoebox gift for poor children around the world has become a tradition for many, so much so that Limestone County has its own drop-off point for Operation Christmas Child gifts.

The designated location is Calvary Baptist Church, 519 S. McKinney St. in Mexia, which will be open for drop-offs one week only Nov. 18-25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers will be present to accept the shoeboxes of gifts, which are anticipated to number about 2,000 this year in Limestone County.

“Operation Christmas Child spreads the Gospel of Jesus all around the world to children who may not otherwise hear about Jesus,” said Debra Bishop, secretary at Calvary, when asked why she was personally involved in the project.

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