Spreading joy

Published 6:18 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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On page 3 in today’s edition is an article regarding local drop-off locations for the annual Operation Christmas Child program.

As just one part of the Samaritan Purse organization, Operation Christmas Child is an annual effort to ensure that underprivileged children around the world feel the blessings of the holiday season by receiving a gift. These gifts are more than the surprises that await inside when a child opens them….and they are simple in nature.

Those wishing to take part start with an average-size shoebox; we all have them collecting dust inside our homes. The giver then decides whether they will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14. Fill that box with a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then complete it with other fun toys, hygiene items, and/or school supplies.

Those taking part in the program can choose to offer up a prayer for the child receiving the gift. You can also include a personal note and a photo of yourself or your family.

Then drop off that box at one of numerous locations (a list of local collection points are included in the story on page 3A) during the week of Nov. 18-25.

All that’s left to do is imagine the smiles on the faces of needy children when they open those boxes at Christmas.

Please consider taking part in this worthwhile effort and help spread holiday cheer to every corner of the world.

– The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald