Churches collectiing gift boxes for children

Johnson County volunteers with Operation Christmas Child are filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.

The program is a year-round project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham.

The organization expects to collect more than 42,000 gift-filled boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 12 to 19.

Packed boxes may be dropped off at two Johnson County locations — New Hope Church, 5307 W. Fairview Road, Greenwood; and Franklin First Assembly of God, 1035 Hospital Road, Franklin.

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