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Silver Bay church collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child

Halloween was just this week, but advertisements for Christmas sales and the holiday season are already hitting the airwaves.

A Lake County church is also getting in the spirit — but not the materialistic kind. Palisade Baptist Church in Silver Bay is collecting donations from residents to fill shoeboxes for the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign.

From Nov. 13-20, the church will be collecting donations to package into shoeboxes that will be sent overseas to children in need.

The church on Highway 61 is a particularly important drop-off point because it’s the furthest up the North Shore of any northeast Minnesota collection point in the campaign. If not for Palisade, supporters from the North Shore would have to drive all the way to Duluth to donate.

Operation Christmas Child is a program of Samaritan’s Purse, a faith-based organization providing aid to people in need around the world, regardless of religion. Operation Christmas Child gives shoeboxes full of toys, toiletries, school supplies and other small gifts to children in countries affected by poverty, famine, disease and disasters.

Since the program began in 1990, more than 100 million shoeboxes have been delivered to children in need. This year, the northeast Minnesota team hopes to collect nearly 9,000 gifts for distribution.

“It started with the story in the Bible of the Good Samaritan as helping someone, maybe a person they would never normally help because they don’t see or they don’t know and might even be ethnically different,” Palisade Church Pastor Jim Hinson said. “Operation Christmas Child just provides a really neat time of year at Christmas where we are used to giving and receiving gifts, but to send something outside ourselves and have it go around the world ... it has just taken off.”

The Operation Christmas Child website suggests “wow gifts,” like a deflated soccer ball with a pump, a stuffed animal or other medium-sized donation as a main gift in the box. The boxes are then filled with other school or hygiene supplies. The program also has a few items it asks residents not to drop off because of shipping restrictions, like toothpaste, candy and liquids. The site also asks donors not to drop off toy guns, knives or other “war-related” toy weapons.

Palisade Baptist Church is located at 5486 Highway 61.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, call the church at (218) 226-3039 or visit samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.

About Operation Christmas Child

Donation drop-off location:

Palisade Baptist Church

5486 Highway 61, Silver Bay

Donation dates:

  • Nov. 13: 9-11 a.m.
  • Nov. 14: Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 15: 4-6 p.m.
  • Nov. 16: 6-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 17: 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Nov. 19: Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: 9-11 a.m.
Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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