Collection week begins for Operation Christmas Child

Area volunteers are busy filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. 12-19.

Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the following locations:

• River Valley Church, 14898 Energy Way, Apple Valley.

• Grace Slavic Church of Eagan, 1985 Diffley Road, Eagan.

• Prince of Peace, 13801 Fairview Drive, Burnsville.

• Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 16200 Dodd Lane, Lakeville.

Call 1-800-353-5949 for collection times at each location. Additional collection sites can be found at