It’s Operation Christmas Child Collection Time At First Baptist Bratt

November 15, 2019

Volunteers will be busy next week at the First Baptist Church of Bratt during “National Collection Week” for Operation Christmas Child. For the 25th year, the simple, gift-filled shoe boxes will bring Christmas joy and evangelistic materials to children in over 130 countries across the world.

National Collection Week for OCC is November 18-25. The First Baptist  Church of Bratt is the official drop-off location/OCC Relay Center for the north end of Escambia County, FL.

Pastor Tim Hawsey, Relay Center coordinator, said the shoe boxes are distributed by trained local pastors and volunteers around the world…right where the children live. The children that receive the box are invited to participate in a twelve step bible study called The Greatest Journey translated into their native language and taught by local people the children know.

Collection hours at the First Baptist Church of Bratt will be:

“This is about being a blessing and bringing God’s love and hope to children in poverty around the world that would not receive it otherwise. We have gone through the intense process of been approved as a church to be a Relay Center to collect the boxes from individuals, families, and churches of our area, document and pack them into special cartons and take them to the next level for Samaritan’s Purse, and we have been blessed to do it for 10 years now,” Hawsey said.

Operation Christmas Child boxes should be packed in a specific manner. For more information, call Hawsey at the First Baptist Church of Bratt at (850) 327-6529, visit, or call (800) 353-5949. Resources are available for churches that wish to participate.

“If you are not able to pack a box but would like to make a contribution toward a box let me know,” Hawsey said.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational non-profit organization that has mission’s opportunities all over the world.


2 Responses to “It’s Operation Christmas Child Collection Time At First Baptist Bratt”

  1. William Reynolds on November 16th, 2019 8:18 am

    “Collection hours and days are not posted!”

    Info was not provided.

  2. Nancy Peters on November 16th, 2019 7:56 am

    Collection hours and days are not posted!

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