The 2019 Operation Christmas Child shoe box drive came to an end Monday in Adair County. 2,486 shoebox gifts were collected from Adair Countians at the Wheet Fellowship Hall of the Columbia First Church of the Nazarene.
“We want to thank all of the individuals, churches, and organizations that made this year’s shoebox drive such a huge success. We also would like to give thanks to all of the volunteers that donated countless hours at the drop off center,” said Mark Fudge.
“A special thanks to the Columbia First Church of the Nazarene for providing their Wheet Fellowship Hall during the eight days of collection and to Mike Talley and all of the coaches and athletes from Lindsey Wilson College that loaded the boxes from Adair and surrounding counties on to Semi trailers.”
A total of 11,785 boxes were collected from Adair, Taylor, Green, Casey, and Metcalfe Counties by the Green River Team. All of these boxes were transported to Columbia and loaded by the Lindsey Wilson College coaches and players that volunteered their services.
The Columbia First Church of the Nazarene did a record number of boxes in 2019. Pictured is part of the congregation after they packed their boxes. The church also provides the Wheet Fellowship Hall which serves as a drop off for Adair County.
The Harrods Fork Baptist Church youth group prepared Operation Christmas Child boxes. Pictured are pastor Michael Lee, Katlyn Lacy, Kara Lee, Jakeb Lacy, and Jon Austin Lacy.
This marked the first year that the Grace Union Missionary Baptist Church has prepared boxes for OCC. Pictured with their boxes is Marilyn Perkins.
Jon and Peggy Conover participate every year in the OCC shoeboxe program. They dropped their boxes off Monday morning.
Kaitlyn Grant said that she absolutely loves the OCC program. She is pictured here with her two boxes at the drop off center.
Zilpha Corbin dropped off the OCC boxes from the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church.
The Barnett’s Creek United Methodist Church is a regular participant in the OCC program. Pictured with their boxes is William Overstreet and Betty Overstreet.
Kathy Arnold dropped off a beautiful OCC gift box.
Stephanie Archey prepared her box for a 10 to 14-year-old girl.