Operation Christmas Child kicks off in McDuffie County
By Caitlin Boland

Kathy Hendrix, Dean Boone, Pam Partridge, Summer McDonald, Rev. Matt Ward and Jennifer Cheely cut the ribbon to officially kick off the collection period.
From now until Nov. 20, people can drop off a box of toys and other items for children in third-world countries through First Baptist Church in Thomson.
Pam Partridge took over the reins of the operation as Jo and Floyd Montgomery, who have been spearheading the Operation Christmas Child collection efforts at FBC Thomson for at least a decade, have retired.
The church opened its Operation Christmas Child relay center on Nov. 13 in the atrium building that comprises of the gym and fellowship hall. For this year, Jennifer Cheely is the assistant coordinator for the relay center.
Operation Christmas Child is a program through Samaritanís Purse. Samaritanís Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people around the world. Since 1970, the organization has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing Godís love through His Son, Jesus Christ, according to the organizationís website.
People of any age can pack shoeboxes full of gifts for children that can be dropped off at area locations including First Baptist in Thomson as well as locations in Wrens, Waynesboro and Warren Baptist in Augusta.
Then, thousands of volunteers inspect and prepare the shoeboxes for shipping to more than 100 countries throughout the world.
In order to pack the shoebox, a person must find an average-sized shoebox, cardboard or plastic, and choose whether to pack the box for a boy or girl, ages two-four, five-nine or 10-14. After making the decision, pack the box with one ďwowĒ toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal and then fill the box with other toys, hygiene items and school supplies.
First Baptistís location will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 20. People can bring their boxes to the door located behind the fountain in the First Baptist parking lot. First Baptist is located at 253 Jackson Street.
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, contact FBC Thomson at 706-595-4252.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Nov. 16, 2017 issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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