Operation Christmas Child Collection

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A drive that will send shoe boxes full of gifts to children in need around the world kicked off on Monday in Central Point and Medford.

Operation Christmas Child will be collecting shoe boxes through next Monday at the Dove in Medford and Community Bible Church in Central Point. The boxes should be filled with items for a particular age range before being sorted and pack up before being shipped off before the holidays.

“This is a new collection center this year, this is the first time we’ve ever had one in Southern Oregon. It’s a very big deal, we are very excited about that,” said Collection Center Coordinator Sabrina Lopes.

The collection center in Central Point is expecting 6,500 shoe boxes this year and have already collected more than 500 shoe boxes after the first day.