COSHOCTON -- A lot of people don't like to start thinking about Christmas shopping until the Black Friday ads arrive, but some area residents have been making or buying gifts for months - those donating filled shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.

The project, sponsored by Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse, provides toys, school supplies, personal items, hard candy and other items to children in more than 130 countries. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls have received shoeboxes.

Some of the items recommended include balls, dolls, jump ropes, pencils, crayons, paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste and gum. For more gift items and information on packing the shoeboxes, visit www.samaritanspurse.org or contact Esther Troyer, coordinator of the East Ohio Area Team for Operation Christmas Child, at 330-852-4039.

Anyone interested in filling a box can select a girl or boy 2 to 4 years, 5 to 9 or 10 to 14, place items suitable for that age and gender in a standard-sized shoebox and take it to the nearest drop-off site. A $7 donation helps cover the cost of shipping.

Newcomerstown area residents can drop-off shoeboxes at the following locations:

Park United Methodist Church, 122 Park Ave., Coshocton

Monday, Nov. 18 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

View Community Church, 2772 Simons Drive NW, Sugarcreek

Monday, Nov. 18 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 - 4 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21 - 4 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23 - 9 to 1 p.m.

Christian Fellowship, 217 E. Third St., Uhrichsville

Monday, Nov. 18 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 - 3 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21 - 3 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.