Mariner’s Church collecting gift-filled shoe boxes

Press release

By on Fri, November 11, 2011

While many Half Moon Bay families are busy with holiday activities, a group of local volunteers is focused on filling empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy kids overseas. Half Moon Bay families are participating in the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind—Operation Christmas Child—an effort that has hand-delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993.

This year-round project of Samaritan’s Purse is coming to its peak, as local businesses, churches and schools prepare to collect gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21. Volunteers can drop off their shoe box gifts at a bustling locations in the area to help kids in 100 countries know they are loved and not forgotten.

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Mariner’s Community Church
225 S Cabrillo Highway 101C
Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019

Mon: 9am - 11am
Tues: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 9am - 8pm
Thurs: 9am - 5pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 5pm - 8pm
Sun: 8am - 12pm
Mon: 9am - 11am

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, uses whatever means necessary to reach suffering children around the world with these gifts of hope, including sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels and dog sleds. Tracking technology also allows donors to “follow” their box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the Follow Your Box donation form found at


PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.

PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at

VOLUNTEER—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers in Half Moon Bay as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (714) 432-7030 or visit National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 14-21; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.