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Many help with Operation Christmas Child
operation christmas child
Students in Suzanne Swindell’s third grade stand next to shoe boxes of small Christmas presents that they helped unload. The boxes are destined for children around the world. - photo by Photo provided.
Several organizations helped with the local effort to support Operation Christmas Child leading up to this holiday season.
Hinesville First Baptist Church has participated for a number of years, according to member Joyce Laseter.
“Each September our Women on Mission sponsors the project and have collected many boxes over the years,” she said.
The project collects shoe boxes filled with small toys, educational material and other items for children to be distributed around the world at Christmas time. After collecting them locally, participants take them to relay sites, which then deliver them to a distribution center in Atlanta for packaging and shipping overseas.
“Franklin Graham heads this organization at Samaritan’s Purse and is often seen giving out boxes at overseas sites,” Laster said.
Operations Christmas Child actually began  in Wales in 1990. It was adopted by Samaritan’s Purse in 1993. Now more than 11 countries collect boxes.
“First Baptist Church was the relay center in Hinesville from 2002 through 2006. New Sunbury Association acted as the center in 2007-08 and now First Presbyterian Christian Academy is the relay center,” Laseter said.
So in the middle of last month, church members Laseter, her husband George Laseter and Donna Perryman delivered 82 boxes to First Presbyterian, where students from Suzanne Swindell’s third grade helped unload the boxes.

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