Operation Christmas Child is already up and running
While many Prestonsburg 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. Prestonsburg families are participating in the worldâ€™s largest Christmas project of its kind â€” Operation Christmas Child, an effort that has hand-delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993. This year-round project of Samaritanâ€™s Purse is coming to its peak, as local businesses, churches, and schools prepare to collect gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, November 14 - 21. Volunteers can drop off their shoe box gifts at one of the bustling locations in the area to help kids in over 100 countries. First Presbyterian Church, located at 1430 North Lake Drive in Prestonsburg, is serving as a local dropoff point for the charity.