Area made holidays brighter

To the Editor,

Thanks to the generous efforts of Steubenville/Weirton and surrounding area residents along with people across the globe, thousands of hurting children worldwide will have the opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas. Steubenville/Weirton and surrounding area residents joined Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, to pack 1,345 shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and necessity items. These gift-filled shoe boxes are now making their way, using whatever means necessary – sea containers, helicopters, elephants, camels – into the hands of millions of needy children in 100 receiving countries.

On behalf of our community, I would like to thank the volunteers at First Westminster Presbyterian Church and everyone who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box gift. For many of the children receiving these boxes, the simple shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.

Although the First Westminster Presbyterian Church drop-off location is closed until November 2013, there is still time to pack a shoe box gift through “Build a Box,” an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send Christmas gifts to even more children. Gifts are also received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607. To get involved, go online to

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide!

Jaclyn Walters

Relay Center Coordinator – Steubenville

Operation Christmas Child