Webster County residents help at OCC Distribution Center in Atlanta


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Those attending the mission trip to the Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center in Atlanta, Ga. include, Faye Griffin, Willie Ree Williamson, Johnnie Oswald, Joette Tillman, Willette Stidham, Gerry Hood, Teresa Gholston, Betty Greene, Robert Burdine, Butch Stewart, Rhonda Smith, Reba Thompson, Linda Stidham, Lana Reed, Kimberly Flora, Ann Earnest, Faye Dewberry, Willene Hollis, Sam Stone, Ann Stone, Marilynn Brown and Kelley Chandler. (Photo submitted)

Whether this was the 11th trip or the first, the Operation Christmas Child volunteers who helped last week at the OCC Distribution Center in Atlanta, Ga. will never be the same.

About 23 volunteers from eight churches throughout Webster County worked three days at the OCC Distribution Center, where they helped pack about 100,000. Continue reading

4,482 shoeboxes collected in Webster County for Operation Christmas Child


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Volunteers at the Webster County Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child at First Baptist Church of Mathiston.

As of Sunday night, 4,482 lives will be impacted by the generosity of Webster County residents who are passionate about the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry.

Final count Sunday night showed 4,482 shoeboxes collected at the Webster County Relay Center at First Baptist Church of Mathiston, up from 3,700 shoeboxes in 2013. Continue reading

Local Collection Center prepares for OCC National Collection Week


operation_christmas_childVolunteers are getting ready for one of the busiest weeks of the year at First Baptist Church of Mathiston.

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child will be Nov. 17-23 and Mathiston’s First Baptist Church will serve as the official Collection Center for all of the shoeboxes in Webster County.

“We are happy to be hosting the center again this year,” said Bro. Wade Stevens of FBC Mathiston. “This is a ministry that our church body has come to love, and a great opportunity to get families involved in ministering to the less fortunate. Many of our families involve their children in the process of packing the boxes. Faye Dewberry has really done a good job of organizing the drop off process, and many others have gotten involved in the work as well. I hope this is something that we are able to continue for years to come.” Continue reading