A total of 5,013 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes filled with small gifts, personal hygiene items, school supplies, and other special tokens were collected Nov. 16-23 at Pleasant View Baptist Church and packed into shipping cartons. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift boxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For the last two years, Pleasant View Baptist Church has served as a regional relay center for numerous area churches, organizations, and individuals to bring the gift-filled boxes that they have collected. Participants include Otterbein United Methodist Church, Asher Glade Church of the Brethren, New Hope Christian Fellowship, and the Swanton Community Center, just to name a few. "This is a community effort," stressed PVBC pastor Mark Weeks. After the shipping cartons were packed, they were loaded into a large tractor trailer and transported to Boone, N.C., where Operation Christmas Child's national processing center is located. Pictured at right with just a few of the boxes, from left, are Dawn Ross, Debbie Welch (kneeling), Cynthia Gordon, and Clara Sanders. At right, Pastor Weeks loads the shipping cartons into the truck. Photos by Lindsay Mulliken. To see today's entire issue, click on "Your Virtual Newspaper" above.
This is the Nov. 26, 2015, issue.