Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection runs through Nov. 23

This month, churches in Lexington will be collection sites for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, providing gifts to millions of children around the world. Volunteers in the annual Samaritan’s Purse project fill shoe boxes with dolls, balls and other toys; school supplies; hygiene items; and notes of encouragement.

National Collection Week runs through Nov. 23. Local collection sites include:

Porter Memorial Baptist Church, 4300 Nicholasville Road

Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road

Westside Baptist Church, 699 Prince Royal Drive, Berea

First Church of God, 401 North Main Street, Cynthiana

East Frankfort Baptist Church, 457 Versailles Road, Frankfort

Victory Life Church, 1141 Lexington Road, Georgetown

First Baptist Church Activity Center, 916 Main Street, Paris

First United Methodist Church, 401 West Main Street, Richmond

Nicholasville Baptist Church, 131 South Main Street, Nicholasville

First Christian Church, 160 Lexington Street, Versailles

First Baptist Church, 37 North Highland Street, Winchester

For a full list of local collection sites, go to