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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2012
Carletta Leather said that at age 76, she has everything she needs. For birthdays and Christmas she asks her children to give her packing tape, a testament to how important her involvement with Operation Christmas Child has become to her. “They didn't like the idea at first,” she said. The packing tape is used to completely cover the decorated shoeboxes, that will hold gifts for needy children across the globe. Carletta has heard that the boxes are prized by the children as much as the contents inside.
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by KATE S. ALEXANDER | December 23, 2006
Editor's note: In this 12-part series that runs through Christmas Eve, The Herald-Mail highlights people and organizations who make the holidays brighter for others. Name: Loretta Tharp Home: Quincy Township, Pa. Age: 52 Occupation: Part-time cleaner. Tharp said she works part time so she has a flexible schedule to do volunteer work. Organization: Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child What do you do to make Christmas brighter?
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December 27, 2005
The auditorium at Broadfording Christian Academy was full of parents, relatives and other visitors Dec. 6 when the preschool, kindergarten and elementary music classes performed "Operation Christmas Child" for their audience. Fort Faithful was the setting where Cpl. Christie (Laikyn Cook), Sgt. Smarter (Nathan Smith), Private Eye (Kaitlyn Blankenship), Private Elvis Presby (Austin Miller), Private Gomer Smyler (Kyle Martin), Col. Sanders (Brandon Haupt) and Maj. Minor (Carly Hill)
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December 20, 2005
The third- and ninth-grade classes at Heritage Academy headed up a project to collect gifts for needy children around the world. Together with all Heritage students, the classes filled 180 shoe boxes with gifts to be delivered around the world as part of the Operation Christmas Child program sponsored by Samaritan's Purse.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | December 20, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This Christmas isn't even here yet, but Loretta Tharp is already thinking ahead to Christmas 2003. As the coordinator of the Waynesboro collection center for Operation Christmas Child, Tharp gathers shoe boxes filled with toys and health care supplies that are later shipped to children around the world.
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December 14, 1998
Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas, we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the third in the series. By RICHARD F, BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro STAFF PHOTO MONT ALTO, Pa. - For twins Loretta Tharp and Lorrie Smedley, the spirit of Christmas fits in a shoe box. [cont. from front page ] For the past four years, the sisters have collected and filled shoe boxes with small toys, toiletries and other items.
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September 24, 1999
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro file photo MONT ALTO, Pa. - Last year it took a van to haul all the shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts two Franklin County women collected for needy children overseas. This year it will take a trailer truck. [cont. from news page ] Identical twins Loretta Smedley and Lorrie Tharp, 44, owners of Twins Timeless Treasures in Mont Alto, said this year they hope to collect 4,000 shoe boxes filled with goodies for Operation Christmas Child, a charity run by Samaritan's Purse, a religious mission based in Boone, N.C. Each year the twins fill dozens of shoe boxes themselves, but many others come from individuals and members of area civic, religious and social organizations.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | December 8, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A musical that blends scripture, angels, shepherds and the Holy Family with Colonel Sanders, Gomer Smile, Major Minor and other quirky characters is coming together as the Friendship Company rehearses. Friendship Company, the children's music and drama troupe of Otterbein Church, has been practicing "Operation Christmas Child" since October, according to director Dave Besecker. The play was written with the cooperation of Samaritan's Purse to help promote and educate people about the group's worldwide distribution of Christmas shoe boxes to disadvantaged children.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 26, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Franklin Graham has followed in the path of charity carved by his father, the Rev. Billy Graham. The same could be said for Roy Grove of Hagerstown, who has involved his son and grandsons in the annual Operation Christmas Child drive. A project of Samaritan's Purse, which Franklin Graham heads up, Operation Christmas Child has been near and dear to Grove since 1999 when he first got involved. "I heard about it and it sounded like a good idea," Grove said. The attraction was sparked by Grove's Mennonite background and upbringing.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 7, 2011
A local church's involvement in Operation Christmas Child's Pack A Shoebox program is proof that size doesn't matter to children in need. The nationwide effort involves filling shoeboxes with a variety of gifts, praying for the child who will receive the gift, and then delivering the boxes to the closest drop-off location, where they are distributed to needy children overseas ranging in age from 2 to 14 years old. Some of the gifts suggested include...
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2012
Carletta Leather said that at age 76, she has everything she needs. For birthdays and Christmas she asks her children to give her packing tape, a testament to how important her involvement with Operation Christmas Child has become to her. “They didn't like the idea at first,” she said. The packing tape is used to completely cover the decorated shoeboxes, that will hold gifts for needy children across the globe. Carletta has heard that the boxes are prized by the children as much as the contents inside.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 7, 2011
A local church's involvement in Operation Christmas Child's Pack A Shoebox program is proof that size doesn't matter to children in need. The nationwide effort involves filling shoeboxes with a variety of gifts, praying for the child who will receive the gift, and then delivering the boxes to the closest drop-off location, where they are distributed to needy children overseas ranging in age from 2 to 14 years old. Some of the gifts suggested include...
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 26, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Franklin Graham has followed in the path of charity carved by his father, the Rev. Billy Graham. The same could be said for Roy Grove of Hagerstown, who has involved his son and grandsons in the annual Operation Christmas Child drive. A project of Samaritan's Purse, which Franklin Graham heads up, Operation Christmas Child has been near and dear to Grove since 1999 when he first got involved. "I heard about it and it sounded like a good idea," Grove said. The attraction was sparked by Grove's Mennonite background and upbringing.
NEWS
by KATE S. ALEXANDER | December 23, 2006
Editor's note: In this 12-part series that runs through Christmas Eve, The Herald-Mail highlights people and organizations who make the holidays brighter for others. Name: Loretta Tharp Home: Quincy Township, Pa. Age: 52 Occupation: Part-time cleaner. Tharp said she works part time so she has a flexible schedule to do volunteer work. Organization: Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child What do you do to make Christmas brighter?
NEWS
December 27, 2005
The auditorium at Broadfording Christian Academy was full of parents, relatives and other visitors Dec. 6 when the preschool, kindergarten and elementary music classes performed "Operation Christmas Child" for their audience. Fort Faithful was the setting where Cpl. Christie (Laikyn Cook), Sgt. Smarter (Nathan Smith), Private Eye (Kaitlyn Blankenship), Private Elvis Presby (Austin Miller), Private Gomer Smyler (Kyle Martin), Col. Sanders (Brandon Haupt) and Maj. Minor (Carly Hill)
NEWS
December 20, 2005
The third- and ninth-grade classes at Heritage Academy headed up a project to collect gifts for needy children around the world. Together with all Heritage students, the classes filled 180 shoe boxes with gifts to be delivered around the world as part of the Operation Christmas Child program sponsored by Samaritan's Purse.
NEWS
by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | December 8, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A musical that blends scripture, angels, shepherds and the Holy Family with Colonel Sanders, Gomer Smile, Major Minor and other quirky characters is coming together as the Friendship Company rehearses. Friendship Company, the children's music and drama troupe of Otterbein Church, has been practicing "Operation Christmas Child" since October, according to director Dave Besecker. The play was written with the cooperation of Samaritan's Purse to help promote and educate people about the group's worldwide distribution of Christmas shoe boxes to disadvantaged children.
NEWS
by STACEY DANZUSO | December 20, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This Christmas isn't even here yet, but Loretta Tharp is already thinking ahead to Christmas 2003. As the coordinator of the Waynesboro collection center for Operation Christmas Child, Tharp gathers shoe boxes filled with toys and health care supplies that are later shipped to children around the world.
NEWS
September 24, 1999
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro file photo MONT ALTO, Pa. - Last year it took a van to haul all the shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts two Franklin County women collected for needy children overseas. This year it will take a trailer truck. [cont. from news page ] Identical twins Loretta Smedley and Lorrie Tharp, 44, owners of Twins Timeless Treasures in Mont Alto, said this year they hope to collect 4,000 shoe boxes filled with goodies for Operation Christmas Child, a charity run by Samaritan's Purse, a religious mission based in Boone, N.C. Each year the twins fill dozens of shoe boxes themselves, but many others come from individuals and members of area civic, religious and social organizations.
NEWS
December 14, 1998
Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas, we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the third in the series. By RICHARD F, BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro STAFF PHOTO MONT ALTO, Pa. - For twins Loretta Tharp and Lorrie Smedley, the spirit of Christmas fits in a shoe box. [cont. from front page ] For the past four years, the sisters have collected and filled shoe boxes with small toys, toiletries and other items.
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