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PA District Outreach

November & December, 2016, Pennsylvania

Several congregations reported their various end-of-year outreach efforts.

Bucks County congregation surpassed their prior successes in Operation Christmas Child (OCC), filling 352 shoeboxes. About 40 overjoyed helpers, young and old, packed the boxes on a Friday night and Sunday morning. They provided a photo of their packing party and the drop off center. From there the boxes were relayed to Samaritan’s Purse to be sent along with the good news of Jesus Christ across the globe.

Sunday school children and their families from Limerick and Reading helped pack Limerick’s OCC shoe boxes on October 30th after a Sunday service together. They learned how these would go around the world to children who never received a Christmas gift or heard of Jesus’ love. They thoughtfully filled 47 shoe boxes with hygiene items, toys, crafts, clothing/accessories and many soccer balls with pumps – and finished their effort with a pizza lunch. A few weeks later, Limerick’s outreach included the donation of fresh fruits and vegetables that decorated the Thanksgiving Sunday altar; 382 lbs. were delivered to the Pottstown Food Pantry the next morning. There, people with verified need in the community come to select items to feed their families.

Reading congregation shared photos of their Thanksgiving altar and their Angel Tree. In this program of the Salvation Army, each angel represents an underprivileged child who, without the support of the community, might not have a Christmas. The Reading donors adopted “angels” by providing new clothing and gifts for their Christmas.