A Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party is from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at LaVilla Espresso in Pasco.
Volunteers are needed to fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, clothing, and personal hygiene items for the annual international Operation Christmas Child project to send to children in more than 100 Third World countries.
LaVilla is at 5025 Road 68, Suite 3, just north of Yoke's Fresh Market in Pasco.
Shoeboxes will be provided, but participants need to bring items to pack and $7 per box to help defray shipping costs. Donated items for shoeboxes and packed shoeboxes will also be collected.
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Prohibited items include anything liquid, breakable, out-dated foods, chocolate or war or military-themed items.
For more packing information, go to www.Samaritanspurse.org and go to the Operation Christmas Child link or contact Fay Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other collection hours and places are:
w Richland -- Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., all week.
w Kennewick -- South Hills Church, 3700 W. 27th Ave.; 5 to 8 p.m., today; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 24; and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 25.
w Pasco -- Country Christian Center, 5500 Sagemoor Road; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., today; 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 2 to 5 p.m. Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; and noon to 2 p.m. Monday.
w Pasco -- LaVilla Espresso, 5025 Road 68; 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday; 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., today, Thursday and Friday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.