Janesville collection site opens to accept gift-filled shoeboxes
Shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and other items for Operation Christmas Child can be dropped off at First Baptist Church, 3414 Woodhall Drive, Janesville, at these times:
-- 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 13.
-- 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
-- 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.
-- 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 15.
-- 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.
-- 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18.
-- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19.
JANESVILLE Rock County residents can brighten the lives of needy children worldwide by participating in Operation Christmas Child.
People who fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies and hygiene products for a boy or girl can drop it off by the end of the day Monday at First Baptist Church, 3414 Woodhall Drive, said Laura Bornemann, site coordinator.
When Bornemann was leading the project locally last year, organizers told her to expect 600 boxes.
"We took in just under 1,400,'' she said.
Bornemann would like to see at least that many boxes again this year, but she's not sure what to expect with the ongoing, struggling economy.
"One never knows from year to year, but people are so generous I don't doubt that we won't get that many,'' she said.
Project organizers worldwide hope to collect 100 million boxes, Bornemann said.
She thinks that's doable because people are generous in helping children in Third World countries.
"We are so blessed," she said.
"For a person to receive something from somebody in another country that has no contact with them is showing them love and providing them something. It's a wonderful thing and opening the door to many possibilities," Bornemann said.