Charity honors Elkins Big Lots

ELKINS – Elkins Big Lots has served as a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child boxes for 10 years, and this week collection coordinator Bob Cowgill met with managers and staff to present a plaque recognizing the milestone.

“When we started collecting shoeboxes in 1997, we collected 1,300 in Randolph and the surrounding counties,” Cowgill said. “In 2013, 1,353 boxes were collected just through the drop-off at Big Lots.”

Cowgill thanked store manager David Perry and employees for their help through the years.

“This plaque recognizes our partnership,” Cowgill said. “We thank you.”

Perry said he was pleased by the award.

“Big Lots enjoys working with Operation Christmas Child as a drop-off spot for shoeboxes,” Perry said. “We also help with Toys For Tots, Special Olympians, the Haven of Hope and Tyrand Cooperative Ministries.”

Cowgill said in 2013, Operation Christmas Child delivered more than 100 million shoeboxes to 130 countries.

“We collect our boxes the third week of November,” Cowgill said.

Cowgill said other volunteers not available for the presentation were Diane Currence, coordinator of the Big Lots relay location; Yvonne Murphy, co-collection coordinator; and Becky Moore, Parsons relay center coordinator.

Questions about Operation Christmas Child should be directed to Cowgill at 304-636-6367.