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Operation Christmas Child, Adair Co., KY now in history book

A goal has been met and surpassed. New record of 3,229 boxes left the parking lot of Wheet Fellowship Hall on Monday afternoon, 23 Nov 2015, bound for Operation Christmas Child distribution center in Boone, NC. The boxes will later be shipped to children in Colombia, Botswana, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Ukraine
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CM Special Report from Adair Operation Christmas Child

Collection week for Operation Christmas Child came to a close Monday afternoon. Adair County set a new record with 3,229 boxes being collected and processed through the relay center at the First Church of the Nazarene Wheet Fellowship Hall. These simple gifts bring joy to children in need around the world, and provide opportunities to introduce them to the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ.

Community Outreach Cordinator Mark Fudge said,"We have been overwhelmed by the number of churches, businesses, and individuals that have stopped by to either make deliveries or to volunteer their time. It is just another example of the generosity of the people of Adair County."

According to Relay Center Coordinator Denise Fudge a record number of volunteers assisted with the project. Over 200 individuals volunteered more than 330 hours at the relay center during the eight days of collection week. "Operation Christmas Child is a project that people of all ages can get excited about and we really appreciate the people who volunteered their time to work at the relay center. This project was a huge success because of the people who gave their time, talents, and prayers in support of OCC."

Church Relations Director Carrie Redford noted that most of the churches that participated in the past participated again this year with four new church's joining our efforts. According to Redford, "the mission of Operation Christmas Child is twofold. One is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world and secondly to offer a simple gift of joy to children in need." Shannon Thomas, prayer partner coordinator, emphasized the importance of prayer for this project. She said that every aspect of this project is covered in prayer from beginning to end."

The boxes that were processed at the Wheet Fellowship Hall relay center left the parking lot on Tuesday in route to their next destination which is Boone, North Carolina. The boxes will later be shipped to children in Colombia, Botswana, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Ukraine.

Mark Fudge went on to say, "we want to thank the wonderful people of Adair County for all of their tremendous efforts in this project. A special thanks goes out to the Columbia Church of the Nazarene for allowing us to use their fellowship hall. Another special thanks goes to the publishers of Columbia Magazine for their outstanding support and coverage."

This story was posted on 2015-11-24 08:06:15
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