Operation Christmas Child Accepting Donations

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Big Lots employees and Operation Christmas Child employees gather Monday at the Big Lots in Elkins to celebrate the store once again serving as a main drop-off location for gift boxes, which are filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies, before being sent to youngsters in impoverished countries. From left are Bev and Bill Johnson, Operation Christmas Child church relations and collections officials; Patty Parsons, Operation Christmas Child area coordinator; Vickie Hamrick, Big Lots store manager; Debbie Riggleman, Operation Christmas Child central drop-off team leader; Kim Davis, Big Lots DTS lead; Bob Cowgill, Operation Christmas Child logistics coordinator; and Shana Ball, Big Lots assistant manager. In addition to Big Lots, from Nov. 12-19, boxes can be dropped off at Bowden Family Worship Center in Bowden; Tallmansville Baptist Church in Tallmansville; Crim Memorial Church in Philippi; First Baptist Church in Buckhannon; Harrison Community Church in Mabie; Tygart Valley Ministries in Beverly; Calvary Baptist Church in Webster Springs; Parsons Church of God in Parsons; and Marlinton Presbyterian Church in Marlinton.