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Roy Grove driven by spirit of giving

December 20, 2000

Roy Grove driven by spirit of giving



Editor's note: This is the ninth in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others.

By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


How can you tell that the Christmas holidays are coming?

One answer is that Roy Grove is in a truck somewhere driving food, clothing or other necessities to people in need.

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In early November, Grove was active in an effort to help Romanian orphans.

As a further testament of his spirit, right around Thanksgiving, Grove left Hagerstown in a tractor-trailer containing more than 2,000 Christmas boxes destined for children around the world.

Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child have been collecting shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts for needy children since Nov. 13, according to Grove, who coordinated the effort from the parking lot at Solliday Oil Co, 325 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

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Boxes could include small toys, school supplies, hard candy, flashlights, and personal hygiene items. They also could hold a personal note or snapshot to establish pen pal relationships with the gift recipients.

"This truck went to Waynesboro, Pa., and from there, the gifts will go on to Boone, N.C., where they will then be distributed worldwide," Grove said.

For information on how your family, church, school or organization can participate, call Operation Christmas Child at 1-800-353-5949, or on the Web at www.samaritanspurse.org.

"It's never too late," Grove said.

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