Throughout the country, families and communities are preparing shoeboxes filled with gifts to be distributed to children globally. For the third year running, Evangelical Friends Church (EFC) Newport will serve as the collection center for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child from November 18-25, 2019.

What is Operation Christmas Child? 

The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.  Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 157 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories,” details Operation Christmas Child

Complete information for packing shoeboxes, items to include,  as well as donations for shipping are available at 

EFC Newport is a contemporary Christian church located at 70 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown RI with the mission of seeing lives changed by following Jesus, loving our people, and reaching our world. Worship is held every Sunday at 9am and 11am, with a full Children’s Ministry program.

Collection Center Schedule 

Mon, Nov. 18: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Mon, Nov. 18: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 19: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Tue, Nov. 19: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Wed, Nov. 20: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 21: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Thu, Nov. 21: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 22: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Fri, Nov. 22: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 23: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sun, Nov. 24: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

​For information on how to pack a shoebox, visit

For more information about EFC Newport visit 

Worship is held every Sunday at 9am and 11am, with a full Children’s Ministry program.

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