New Hope Church in Bend is seeking donations for the annual Operation Christmas Child project.

Founded in 1993 by the organization Samaritan’s Purse, the project has “delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in some 130 countries,” according to a news release.

To participate, fill a shoebox with small gifts including school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Packing instructions and tracking information are available at www.samaritans

Drop off the shoebox between Nov. 15-22 at the New Hope Church, located at 20080 Pinebrook Blvd. Other Central Oregon collection sites include Word of Victory Church in Redmond, the Sisters Community Church and the Church of the Nazarene in Prineville.

Contact: 800-353-5949 or

— From staff reports