ROCKLAND — More than 4,000 locations are open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the annual Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are collecting the gifts through Monday Nov. 22, offering a curbside option.

In Waldo County, shoebox gifts can be dropped off at Faith Temple Church of God, 193 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, and Winterport Baptist Church, 100 Coles Road, Winterport.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — to children worldwide since 1993. This is a project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions.

Individuals, families, and groups still have time to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the How to Pack a Shoebox webpage.