A number of local communities will be accepting gifts for children during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

This Samaritan’s Purse project delivers shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and family.

This year, area officials hope to collect more than 19,154 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“I love seeing the local community rally together for a global impact,” Bill Rumbaugh, regional director, said in a release. “We see all ages getting involved –and more and more every year.”

Local collection sites include:

Connellsville - World Christian Outreach Ministries, 503 W Georgia Avenue, Nov. 18-22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Nov. 23, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Nov. 24, 1 to 4 p.m.; Nov. 25, 8 to 10 a.m.

Fayette City - Fayette City Alliance Church, 211 Connellsville Street, Nov. 18, 2 to 4 p.m.; Nov. 19, 5 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m; Nov. 22, 6 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon; Nov. 24, noon to 4 p.m.; Nov. 25, 8 to 10 a.m.

Smithfield - Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 30 Church St., Nov. 18 – 22, noon to 4 p.m.; Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 24, noon to 3 p.m.; Nov. 25, 9 to 11 a.m..

Uniontown - Cherry Tree Alliance, 640 Cherry Tree Lane: Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; Nov. 19, 4 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 20, 5 to 9 p.m.; Nov. 21, noon to 2 p.m.; Nov. 22, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 24 and 25, noon to 5 p.m.

White - Buchanan Church of God, 836 Buchanan Road, Nov. 18-22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nov. 24, 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 25, 8 to 10 a.m.

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