Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes still accepted

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 11/16/17

The number of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child received at First Baptist Church continues to grow, with nearly 4,000 boxes of items for needy children already being donated.Christy Williams, …

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Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes still accepted

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The number of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child received at First Baptist Church continues to grow, with nearly 4,000 boxes of items for needy children already being donated.

Christy Williams, who is coordinating the contributions at the church, said that First Baptist will be accepting donations through 6 p.m. Monday. At that point, she said, the time for accepting contributions will have to be cut off, as the trailer taking the shoeboxes to North Carolina will be loaded the following morning.

"It has been going well so far, with times where we are receiving lots of boxes and lull periods," Williams said. Monday was a big day, with over 1,400 boxes brought to the church.

First Baptist Church is serving as the site for all the donated boxes to be gathered. Eventually, all donations will make their way to the church, but can come from other churches, businesses, companies, civic clubs and individuals.

"You don't have to be a member of First Baptist to bring a contribution here, or fill a shoebox," Williams stressed, making sure to indicate the local Operation Christmas Child is a communitywide event

To stress community, earlier this week, Lee University packed thousands of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that will be taken to First Baptist for transport.

Volunteers have been helping pack the boxes to be taken to North Carolina, and there are still opportunities to help. Packing will take place today until 5 p.m., on Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday from 2 p.m. to  5 p.m. and Monday beginning at 9 a.m.

Shoeboxes can be brought by the church any time is it open, Williams said. Wednesday night, during the drizzle in the area, volunteers were accepting contributions without having those bringing the shoeboxes get out of their vehicles.

Monday, Nov. 20, will be a busy day, Williams said. The Cleveland Fire Department will come to the church to help in three shifts (noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.), the Civil Air Patrol is expected to come to the church and help, and the Walker Valley High School Beta Club  that has helped in the past is anticipated to return.

For more information, contact the church at 709-9100 and someone will get you in touch with Williams.


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Monday, Nov. 20, will be a busy day, Williams said. The Cleveland Fire Department will come to the church to help in three shifts (noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.), the Civil Air Patrol is expected to come to the church and help, and the Walker Valley High School Beta Club  that has helped in the past is anticipated to return.


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