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POSTED: November 1, 2007 5:00 a.m.
Throughout this country, there are many people who give unselfishly of their time and resources. In the land of plenty, there are many people who are in need. It takes the effort of individuals who don’t mind lending a hand to help someone less fortunate and to make things a little better.
A group of ladies from the Fleming Baptist Church in Fleming are making a difference in the lives of many people. Under the leadership of Sally Quick (who has served as the director of the Women on Mission group for six years), these ladies spend many hours volunteering just to be of service to others.  
The women meet at the church on a monthly basis and work on various projects.  
“We recently collected school supplies and took them to Liberty Elementary School for the students. We are also in the process of making bibs for the patients at the Woodland Nursing Home in Midway,” Quick said.  
“Every year, we collect items for the Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child,” Quick said.
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham.
“We drop the items off at the Savannah Christian Church for distribution,” Quick noted.
This past year, four women from the mission group volunteered at the distribution center in Duluth.
“We inspected shoe boxes filled with toys and toiletries. Each box had a washcloth, toothbrush, tooth paste, paper and pencil. We donated 102 boxes from our church and plan to do the same this year,” Quick said.
Other projects include the Building a Better World for Children Ministry in Tacoma, Wash., the Seamen’s Ministry and the Angel Tree Prison Ministry.
“We make a financial donation each month to the Building a Better World for Children Ministry. Presently, we are sponsoring a little girl named, Noy Nun from Cambodia,” Quick said.
The group supports the Seamen’s Ministry through the Savannah Baptist Association.
“We prepare “ditty” bags containing soap, disposal razors and combs. These bags are given to foreign ships as they come into the Port of Savannah,” she said. A monthly donation is given to the Angel Tree Prison Ministry.  
Another project the women are involved with is Operation Kamando.
“We pack boxes for soldiers and mail to the chaplain overseas. Various items such as telephone cards, toiletries, candy, books and CDs are enclosed for the soldiers’ enjoyment. The boxes are sent about every two months,” Quick said.
She noted people are very helpful in donating to the various projects. Different Sunday school groups assist and people donate all year.
“I recently visited Williamsburg, Va., and got some wonderful ideas for the shoe boxes,” Quick said.
The Women on the Mission also sponsors an annual mother-daughter luncheon.  “This year’s luncheon was held in May, and it was a huge success. We had approximately 62, with ladies from various churches in the community attending,” she said.
During the luncheon, there was also a fashion show, and seven very creative models displayed different outfits.
“We like to help others so we can better the community. Helping is our way of reaching out. It gives us something to do and keeps up focused,” Quick said.
 

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