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Better to Give Than Receive

November 15, 2008
(CU and The Inter-Mountain/Lizz Clements)
CHRISTMAS CHILD — Volunteers Brandon Everson, Bob Cowgill, Kim Everson, Yvonne Murphy, Christina Arbogast and Wilda Arbogast participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Elkins Chamber of Commerce Director Ellen Spears for Operation Christmas Child, which will be accepting gift donations from Nov. 17-24 at Big Lots in Elkins.

A project of Samaritan Purse, Operation Christmas Child collects shoe boxes containing toys as well as necessary health and hygiene items for underprivileged children around the globe. Organizers hope to collect 10,500 shoe boxes at the Elkins location. Donna Long and Dave Perry, manager and assistant manager at Big Lots, respectively, made the event possible. The Operation originated in 1993 and has had a presence in Elkins for almost the same amount of time.
Those interested in participating can pick up free shoe boxes from the Big Lots or other area locations to fill on their own. Other options include purchasing a premade box or donating online. Other drop off locations can be found by logging on to the website Last year, approximately 7.6 million shoe boxes were collected internationally, around 88,000 of them from West Virginia.


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