Giving gifts globally



Marla Smith, pictured, member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta, along with Kossie Buckelew, are serving as relay center chairwomen for the effort to bring gifts to children all across the world. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has provided 113 million children in more than 150 countries with gifts since 1993. The group is hoping to provide another 10 million children with presents this holiday season. Shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement can be dropped off this week – Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until noon, Wednesday and Friday, 5p.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. – at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. For more information on how to prepare your shoebox, call Smith at 205-542-2419.

Nicole Singleton