Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, fills empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy children oversees. The local drop-off point Nov. 14-21 for the project is Creekside Church, 2315 Roberts Lane, Florence. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Monday through Sunday, Nov. 20; 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 21. Step-by-step instructions for filling shoe boxes: samaritanspurse.org/occ.
The Salvation Army of The Shoals is kicking off its annual Christmas Cheer Program 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Regency Square Mall, Florence. The event includes the launch of the Red Kettle Program and Angel Tree, which assists shut-ins and needy children and families in the Shoals. Van Tiffin, former kicker for the University of Alabama football team will be the guest at noon. More than a thousand needy children will be available for "holiday adoption" from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. Details: 256-764- 4432.
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