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Young people

September 11, 2005

While Christmas is months away, the youth group at the Charles Town (W.Va.) Church of Christ is already working hard to make the holidays happier in several areas of the world.

They are busily preparing Magi boxes for needy children in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean and collecting bandages and toothbrushes for a hospital and orphanage in Malawi.

The Magi boxes are filled with toys, school supplies, candies and clothing. The youth financially sponsor and write to a boy in Nigeria and a girl in the Dominican Republic through a Christian relief fund.

A church family has challenged the group in their preparation of the shipment to Malawi, pledging to match the number of bandages and toothbrushes collected by Thanksgiving.

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Also during the holiday season, the youth serve as greeters and servers for the congregational Christmas dinner given by Pastor Dwane Casteel and his wife, Betty, and they deliver fruit baskets to senior members of the congregation.

Through the year, the youth participate in activities such as field trips to the Holocaust Museum, the National Cathedral and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Hiking and camping are also regular activities for the group.

The church is at 1587 Old Country Club Road, Charles Town.




Charles Town Church of Christ youth group members Sara Brooke, Lindsey Hampton, Lacey Brooke, Jenay Grant, Breanna Brooke, Shayla Bartles and Kaleb Casteel are gathering items to send to needy children overseas for Christmas.

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