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Faith in Action: First Baptist Church Volunteers Touch Lives Worldwide

By Bryce Abshier – Contact

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A team of dedicated First Baptist Church of Belleview volunteers, including Dianne Kennedy, Dee Miner, Joyce Schaible, along with many others, are on a quest to make a difference worldwide and spread the message of Jesus. These hard workers gather at the First Baptist Church’s ‘Christmas House’ every Thursday to assemble boxes destined for children in need around the world.

Their mission is clear – they aim to pack hope, love, and essential items into shoebox-sized parcels that transcend borders and bring joy to countless young lives. These devoted volunteers donate their time sewing dresses, shorts, tote bags, and crafting marble bags, pencil bags, and jewelry bags. Each box is meticulously filled with necessities and delights including outfits, toiletries, school supplies, toys, and more.

Last year alone, their efforts resulted in the production of 652 boxes, and this year, their goal is even loftier at 700. These boxes traverse the globe, reaching the most vulnerable communities where they make an immediate impact.

But it’s not just about material goods. Before a child receives a box, they are introduced to the message of Jesus and his boundless love for them. It’s a full-circle way of helping out, aiming to help both the body and the spirit.

Donations are always welcome at the Christmas House, located at 6107 SE Babb Road, Belleview, during their Thursday morning sessions from 9 am to 12 pm. Additionally, the volunteers will be hosting an open house on Sunday, April 7, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, welcoming the community to learn more about their inspiring work.

For the volunteers at First Baptist Church of Belleview, their faith is unwavering as they trust in God to guide these boxes to their intended recipients. Organizers express gratitude for the efforts of their many volunteers.

Operation Christmas Child, a project by Samaritan’s Purse, has reached over 220 million children in more than 170 countries and territories. This demonstrates that a small act of compassion can plant seeds of faith that flourish.

First Baptist Volunteers Send Hope-Packed Boxes Across The Globe

Belleview volunteers gather weekly at the ‘Christmas House’ to assemble gift packages for children worldwide through Operation Christmas Child/Samaritan’s Purse. Led by Dianne Kennedy, Joyce Schaible, and Dee Miner, they stitch, pack, and prepare essentials, toys, and messages of hope. Last year, they sent out 652 boxes, aiming for 700 this year. The initiative not only provides material aid but also introduces children to the message of Jesus. Their faith and dedication exemplify the transformative power of compassion by touching lives globally, one shoebox at a time. Donations are always welcome to support this great cause.

Supplies Needed

You can help the crew at First Baptist Church’s “Christmas House” meet their goal of sending out 700 boxes this year. Donations are always welcome.

Beautiful Dresses

One particular volunteer puts together ornate princess dresses that are sent to little girls in need.

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