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Carol Perkins: Off they go! 1,472 OCC boxes from Metcalfe Co.

By Carol Perkins

Metcalfe residents (churches and individuals) once again participated in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Mission, packing shoeboxes that will bless children with supplies, personal hygiene items, and a few toys, but most importantly, with a copy of The Greatest Journey, a New Testament in their language.

From congregations to individuals, the county came together, exceeding all expectations. From donating funds to shopping for bargains, sewing, crocheting, embroidering, making beaded necklaces and bracelets, crunchies and hair bows, and baking for our annual bake sale, both children and adults began preparing last January, hoping to exceed last year's 1150 boxes. Our 2023 total was 1472!

The final local task began in the basement of the Chamber office as we packed boxes by age groups and gender: (2-4, 5-8, and 9-14). Once filled, we placed them into cartons of sixteen and then sent ninety-five cartons to our regional center in Columbia (what a blessing Denise Glass Fudge and her husband, Mark, were to us.)

From there, volunteers loaded all regional boxes onto a semi and sent them to a distribution center where volunteers inspected each box for inappropriate items. A copy of The Greatest Journey) was added at this site, and the worldwide journey to over 117 countries began. A missionary/teacher on site will then guide children who want to participate in a twelve-week journey through the New Testament.

In the next few weeks, 1,472 boys and girls in the most remote corners of the world will be opening boxes from Metcalfe County (included was a picture of our courthouse and information about our community). Our small part in spreading the word, box by box, was a blessing.

Anna Jolly, Peggie McCoy, and I want to thank all of you who donated items, money, and your time. To name everyone would be impossible. A special thanks to Kim Harwood at the Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to use the basement as our packing station for several weeks. This was truly a countywide project.

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This story was posted on 2023-11-24 09:17:20
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