Pine Belt locations still collecting boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Pine Belt locations still collecting boxes for Operation Christmas Child

PINE BELT - Operation Christmas Child is underway in the Pine Belt and there is still time to send a box to a child in need.

It is a worldwide Christmas project that collects shoe boxes full of goodies and encouragement to give to children around the world.

This week is National Collection Week for the organization and the perfect time for anyone who wants to participate in bringing joy to a child this holiday season.

There are over 15 drop off locations throughout the Pine Belt area and residents said they are working hard to make as many boxes as they can.

"Many of the children that receive a box each year, it's the first gift that they have ever received," said Wayne Landers, member of the Southern Pine Belt Team of Operation Christmas Child. "The things that we take for granted are so important to them (such as) toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, wash cloths, notebook and pencils. Those things mean the world to them and we take them for granted but to them it's everything."

To find your drop-off locations, dates and times and information about assembling a box, click here.

Here are the list of locations in the Pine Belt:


Venture Church

4142 Lincoln Road


Community Christian Church

178 Old Airport Road


-Petal/Perry Co.

Petal-Harvey Baptist Church

600 S Main Street


First Baptist Church Runnelstown

9211 Highway 42



First Baptist Church

103 E Hinton Avenue



First Baptist Church

169 Center Avenue


-George County

George/Green Baptist Center

143 Highway 198 W / Lucedale


-Green County

Antioch Baptist Church

1044 High School Road / Leakesville


-Marion County

Goss Baptist Church

20 Mark McArthur Road / Columbia