National 'Operation Christmas Child' collecting toys through Nov. 19

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Christmas is still 43 days away, but the giving spirit is already out in full-force in Sioux Falls.

"Operation Christmas Child" is an effort to share some of the holiday season's love with children in need around the world.

Multiple locations throughout the area are collecting shoe box gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

This national collection week runs Nov. 12-19 with the goal of collecting more than 27,000 gifts for kids who could use some extra joy in their lives.

"Many of these children have been devastated by war, disease and natural disasters, and they feel like they've been forgotten, that nobody cares about them, so we want them to know that we love them and that Jesus loves them," area coordinator Wendy Pierson said.

Operation Christmas Child's effort nationwide has the goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Local collection sites include:

Sioux Falls - Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, 4100 S. Bahnson Ave.

Monday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

- Sioux Center, IA - New Life Reformed Church, 232 16th St. SE

Monday, Nov. 12: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 110 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

- Brookings - Holy Life Tabernacle, 241 Mustang Pass

Monday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

- Marion - Bethesda Mennonite Church, 44354 273rd St.

Monday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

- Yankton - Calvary Baptist Church, 2407 Broadway Ave.

Monday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

- Sioux City, IA - Sunnybrook Community Church, 5601 Sunnybrook Dr.

Monday, Nov. 12: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

- Madison - Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, 120 SW 2nd St.

Monday, Nov. 12: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

- Huron - Living Hope Alliance Church, 1779 Frank Ave. SE

Monday, Nov. 12: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

- Watertown - Cornerstone Methodist Church, 1350 11th St. NE

Monday, Nov. 12: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

- Rock Rapids, IA - First Reformed Church, 512 S. Union St.

Monday, Nov. 12: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

- Aberdeen - First Baptist Church, 1500 E. Melgaard Rd.

Monday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

- Gregory - Union Congregational Church, 519 Rosebud Ave.

Monday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.

- Bristol - Westside Wesleyan Church, 30 2nd Ave. E.

Monday, Nov. 12: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.