How to help local YMCAs fill 1,000 gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child 

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How to help local YMCAs fill 1,000 gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child 

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From the hands of America’s children to the arms of children worldwide, Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox gifts bring joy, comfort and hope into the lives of hurting kids. This contributed photo was taken in Cameroon.


This holiday season, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta is preparing to spread holiday cheer overseas through a partnership with Operation Christmas Child. More than 275 teenagers are filling shoeboxes with gifts including donated toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene items that will be sent to children in around the globe. The teens have a goal to pack 1,000 shoeboxes. 

To reach its goal, the YMCA is in need of the following items: toothbrushes, crayons, markers, small coloring books, bouncy balls, small stuffed animals, dolls, action figures, bar soap, washcloths, socks, hair accessories, deflated sport balls with pumps, playing cards and deodorant.

(Due to shipping requirements, liquid donations cannot be accepted).

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in more than 150 countries.

Donations will be accepted from both Y members and the general public until Friday, Nov. 18.

Twelve Y locations across the Metro Atlanta area are participating in Operation Christmas Child: Cowart/Ashford-Dunwoody, Forsyth County, Ed Isakson/Alpharetta, Cherokee Outdoor, G. Cecil Pruett, Decatur, East Lake, Robert D. Fowler, McCleskey-East Cobb, Northeast Cobb, J.M. Tull-Gwinnett, and Andrew & Walter Young.

More than 275 teens at YMCA's throughout metro Atlanta are hoping to put together 1,000 gift boxes for children in need around the globe. 

Here are the locations and times to  make a donation:

Drop-off Locations:

Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA

2220 Campbellton Road, SW

Atlanta, GA 30311

Phone: 404-523-9622

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cowart/Ashford-Dunwoody Family YMCA

3692 Ashford-Dunwoody Road

Atlanta

Phone: 770-451-9622

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Decatur Family YMCA

1100 Clairemont Ave.

Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404-377-9622

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

East Lake Family YMCA

275 East Lake Blvd.

Atlanta

Phone: 404-373-6561

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA

3655 Preston Ridge Road

Alpharetta, GA 30005

Phone: 770-664-1220

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Forsyth County Family YMCA

6050 Y Street

Cumming, Georgia 30040

Phone: 770-888-2788

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA

151 Waleska Street

Canton, GA 30114

Phone: 770-345-9622

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA

2985 Sugarloaf Pkwy

Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Phone: 770-963-1313

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA

1055 East Piedmont Rd

Marietta, Georgia 30062

Phone: 770-977-5991

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Northeast Cobb Family YMCA

3010 Johnson Ferry Road

Marietta, GA 30062

Phone: 678-569-9622

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA

5600 West Jones Bridge Road

Norcross, GA 30092

Phone: 770-246-9622

Hours for Donation Drop-off:

Wednesday - Friday 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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