Christmas is arriving early in Cookeville, as First Baptist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Organizers say that with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts. Last year, First Baptist Church contributed 13,513 boxes to the effort. This year, organizers hope to collect more than 14,500 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area. They will be collecting those boxes from November 15th through the 22nd from 8 am to 5 pm daily, 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday and 1 to 5 pm on Sunday.