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Church youth reach out to community, world

ELIZABETHTOWN Children at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd are hoping to wrap up a bit of Christmas cheer for others in need. On Oct. 21, parishioners at the church listened to a presentation on Operation Christmas Child, a program which delivers a shoebox full of goodies to children in need. The project at the Elizabethtown church is led by the Sunday School Mission Program. I think it will be a good idea - it will be nice for the children, said Lindsay Lane, 10, one of the young people involved in the project. She planned on working with other Sunday School children to fill a box, saying she wanted to place stuffed animals, a toothbrush, pencils and papers inside of it. Parishioner Kris Hardman has been coordinating the program. She explained that boxes were shipped all over the world. She said the church hoped other people in the community would participate the non-denominational program. Boxes must be received by Nov. 9. The boxes are packed for children according to age and gender. The boxes can be filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies. People are also encouraged to put in a note to the child and photo of themselves and their families. Seven dollars in cash is also requested to help pay for shipping. For information on filling a box, contact Hardman at 873-6788.

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