Christmas Child

Dear editor,

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Warren County as churches, community groups, and individuals contributed to a total of 47,604 gift-filled shoe boxes for Northwestern Pennsylvania. These gifts will be sent to needy children in over 100 countries worldwide through the Operation Christmas Child ministry. Thanks to the generosity of the Warren community, this went well beyond our goal of 45,000 boxes and was a 17 percent increase over last year’s total.

For many of these children this will be the first gift they have ever received. For children struggling in poverty, simple gifts like a new toothbrush of their own or a pencil that will allow them to attend school are precious treasures. On behalf of these children, we extend our thanks to all in Warren County who gave.

Though our local collection is completed, you can still easily create and donate a box by choosing items through the online website. Go to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ and look for “Build A Box”.

Thank you for sharing the true joy of Christmas.

Pam Niedhammer

Girard