The United Methodist Church, Branford is excited to serve again as the region’s collection site for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission for more than two decades has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts—filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys—to millions of children worldwide, making sure they experience the Good News and great joy of the holiday.. These simple gifts are shipped outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the US.

The Shoreline community is encouraged to participate! This is a mission project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. Simply pack a small box with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. To learn more about what can be included in your box or to create an online box, visit

UMC Branford will be accepting drop-offs the week of November 16-23. Hours are Monday 8-10am (11/16 only) & 6-8pm (11/23 only), Tuesday through Friday 6-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-2pm. When you arrive, follow the signs for curbside drop off. A volunteer wearing a mask will greet you and direct you to an outside drop-off area where they will retrieve your shoeboxes.

The church is also looking for volunteers to assist with collection during these times. For more information, please contact the church at (203) 488-0549 or


  • Starting Monday, November 16th, 2020, repeated every day until Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, November 21st, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Occurred Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Occurred Monday, November 16th, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am


United Methodist Church Branford

811 East Main Street
Branford, CT 06405


United Methodist Church Branford