3 area churches accepting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes through Monday morning


Volunteers at the Northbrook Baptist Church drop-off point have received more than 1,800 boxes and hope for more than double that number by Monday. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN – The Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry is once again in full swing, gathering packages of Christmas joy for children in more than 160 countries around the world, including poverty-stricken areas of the United States.  Although drop-off points have been receiving packages for days now, there’s still time for you to get involved.

On Thursday, volunteers were busy at Northbrook Baptist Church, one of the area’s three drop-off points, processing and crating more than 600 shoeboxes that were waiting for them when they arrived around lunchtime.  As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Northbrook had received 1,835 boxes. The church hopes to hit the 4,000 mark by the close of drop-offs Monday morning. After that, the crated packages will be shipped to a warehouse in Atlanta where volunteers–including some from the Cullman area–will process and prepare them for shipment and delivery.  The North Alabama Area Team for Operation Christmas Child hopes to contribute 52,100 shoeboxes to the program’s international goal of 11 million.

Get involved!

Anyone who wants to help can still fill a box or make a contribution.  Drop-off points in the Cullman area include:

Cullman – Northbrook Baptist Church

3691 AL Highway 157

Cullman, AL 35058

Sun, Nov. 18: 2-4 p.m.

Mon, Nov. 19: 9-11 a.m.


Hanceville – Crosshaven Church

9131 U.S. Highway 31

Hanceville, AL 35077

Sun, Nov. 18: 2-4 p.m.

Mon, Nov. 19: 9-11 a.m.


Addison – Addison First Baptist Church

115 Second St.

Addison, AL 35540

  • Sat, Nov. 17: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sun, Nov. 18: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Nov. 19: 8-10 a.m.

According to Northbrook Coordinator Laura Cleveland, anyone who doesn’t have time to get a box and go to the store to shop can still help out online by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/.  There you can choose items for a box and have it put together for a contribution to the ministry, or simply send a donation to have the Samaritan’s Purse folks build a box for you.

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