Area churches join in Shoebox ministry

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Claybrook Baptist

Claybrook Baptist Church youth directors Lynette and Sam Pewett recently organized the collection of items for shoeboxes that will be sent all over the world to needy children through the Samaritan Purse Organization.

This year’s goal was exceeded by the packing of 115 shoeboxes, they reported. The Pewetts hosted a “shoebox packing party” November 19 to fill the shoeboxes with toys, toothbrushes, soap, washcloths, pencils, paper and numerous other items.

“This is a great way to give our youth a sense of how they can make a difference in the lives of children from other parts of the world by this simple act of kindness,” said Sam Pewett.

On November 20, the children of Claybrook Baptist Church carried the shoeboxes into the sanctuary and Rev. Bill Burruss, pastor of Claybrook Baptist Church, blessed each shoebox and the children who will receive them.

Historic White Marsh Church

On November 13, the congregation of Historic White Marsh Church prayed for children around the world and added their efforts to the praying as 215 shoe box gifts were sent on their way to the “ends of the Earth.”

The Operation Christmas Child program will distribute them to many children who have never had a Christmas present, reported Brenda Hall. Along with their gift, they will receive a message of hope and joy through the love of Jesus Christ.

A group from White Marsh Church will go to Baltimore on December 7 to help process the boxes to help them on their journey.

Kilmarnock United Methodist

For many years Kilmarnock United Methodist Church (KUMC) has supported Operation Christmas Child by preparing and delivering shoeboxes filled with children’s items.

Operation Christmas Child is a project conducted by Samaritan’s Purse, an international nondenominational evangelical Christian organization. Samaritan’s Purse delivers the shoeboxes to millions of children in hundreds of countries around the world.

This year church members filled over 30 boxes with toys, school supplies, accessories and crafts. Mrs. M.J. Conway chaired this KUMC project.

At the November 20 service, pastor Penny Cory and church member Barbara Makin conducted the shoebox dedication.