YAKIMA — Volunteers are preparing to collect donated items for Operation Christmas Child.

The annual project aims to collect more than 4,500 shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas, according to a news release from the nonprofit group that organizes the project.

Collection week is Nov. 12-19, the release said. During that time, donors may drop off packed shoe boxes to one of the following collection sites:

• West Side Baptist Church, 6910 W. Lincoln Ave.

• Ahtanum Pioneer Church, 8500 Ahtanum Road

• Inklings Bookshop, 5629 Summitview Ave.

• Lifepointe Church, 10 E. Washington Ave.

Hours vary at the sites. For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.