by Terry Rogers
Over the past month, Anchor Church partnered with the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club as well as area businesses for Operation Christmas Child, a global project focused on bringing toys, hygiene products and school supplies to children around the world who are in need. The items donated are packed in shoeboxes and delivered as a Christmas gift.
“For many of these children, this is the first time they have the experience of opening a gift that is just for them,” Paul Bowman of Anchor Church explained. “The simple goal is to show children the love of God through the generosity of others and to meet very real needs in their lives.”
This was Anchor Church’s second year participating in the project, joining Calvary Church in Dover last year and acting as the Milford area drop of location. A drop off location serves as a central location for shoeboxes to be brought to and prepped for sending to a main processing center. Anchor Church partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, since that is where they currently meet for services, to provide the space during National Collection Week, which was November 18 through 25.
“We have several members who have helped champion this cause,” Bowman said. “Richard and Susie VanBuskirk have been instrumental in getting the shoeboxes out into the public so that they can be filled. Once we collect the boxes, they are processed through Operation Christmas Child and then are sent all over the world to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease as well as children living on Native American reserves in the United States.”
Boxes were available at the Boys and Girls Club as well as locations throughout town, including My Sister’s Fault.
“The first time we heard about Pack a Shoebox from Susie VanBuskirk at church and heard all the stories about it, we knew this was something we had to do,” Angie Robles said. “We had a great turnout for the project. We want to do more for the community and even though these boxes will reach places outside the local community, doing things like this for others actually brings our community together.”
Bowman explained that Anchor Church felt they needed to do this again for a second year because they saw it as a wonderful way for anyone in the community to do something good for others.
“It is such a great thing to do, especially at this time of year, Bowman said. “It is also a great way of teaching children about the needs of kids around the world who are their age but living in very different circumstances. Our primary mission at Anchor Church is to bring hope to all people, and we felt this was a perfect way to do that during the Christmas season.”
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