On the evening of Nov. 2, members of the Mountain Grove Church of the Brethren gathered to put together Christmas care packages for underprivileged children.
According to lifelong church member Ronald Fulk, the Fulks Run congregation enjoys helping others.
“We have a good time,” he remarked, adding that before the gift packing begins, volunteers share a fellowships meal of soups, sandwiches and desserts.
“It’s fellowship [and] fun, from the young to the old.”
The care packages include practical necessities, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and washcloths, as well as fun items, such as candy and toys. The boxes are collected for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse.
According to the website, Samaritan’s Purse is a “nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.”
Since 1993, the organization has distributed 100 million care packages to children in need.
“Some are even carried in by mule in some of the more mountainous regions,” said Fulk. “With this gift, [the distributors] then try to share the word of God with them.”
Upon hearing about the project years ago, Fulk says his church immediately wanted to be involved.
“[Operation Christmas Child] advertised that they were collecting [care] boxes and distributing them ... Our church congregation wanted to become a part of that.”
For more information, visit samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.
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