I am writing to thank Columbus/Phenix City and surrounding area residents for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the greater Columbus community, the Chattahoochee Valley Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 23,491 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.
Area volunteers transformed empty shoeboxes into treasured gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys to be delivered to children around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn God loves them and has not forgotten them. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though the Columbus and surrounding area drop-off locations are closed until November 2018, shoeboxes can still be packed and sent year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters at 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607. Additionally, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or by calling 770-777-9342.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope and continue to transform the lives of children worldwide.
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Cathy Driver, Area Coordinator, Operation Christmas Child, Midland
Let me write at the outset that I am in a curmudgeonly mood brought on by our massacre of basic English language.
If it were made illegal to use expressions such as "like" and "you know," some people would be unable to speak. "She was like a, you know, a good person." What is wrong with saying, "She was a good person"? One is either a good person or not, and one cannot be "like a good person" unless you mean to convey that someone is not a good person but pretends to be. Usually, "like" is used these days as a crutch to keep the conversation going. "He was like a really smart person you know like really smart and like you know a genius or like just smart."
Has the expression "You are welcome" vanished from speech? When a person says "Thank you," the frequent response nowadays is "No problem." It makes no sense. "Thank you for holding the door." "No problem." Well, I certainly hope that it was not. I suppose that was too brief and should be replaced with, "Well, I certainly hope that like you know that like it is you know like a no problem you know." If this letter seems to be silly, just listen to people talk. A dreadful experience that confirms the dumbing down of Americans.
Thomas Orr, Columbus
Chuck Williams, what a beautiful article I must say! I never talked with this man Curtis. I have spent a good bit of time with the homeless people in that area over the past year. I even met one I fell in love with, and we share a home together now.
Unfortunately it isn’t going to last much longer despite my efforts to get him the help he needs to beat his disease (alcoholism). Most of the people are out there, as you probably already know, because they choose to be. They choose a drug or alcohol over all. Most have loved ones who just couldn’t bear to see them spiral down into a world of darkness, and despite all of their efforts and then some, nothing could break the chains that keep them prisoners to their choice of drug.
I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to give this man who has no one a proper tribute.
Christy Rogers Windham, Phenix City
President Donald Trump erupted when lawmakers had the audacity to suggest Trump restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa: “Why are we having all these people from s—hole countries come here?”
Interesting. Candidate Trump courted Haitian-Americans with this Trumpian mendacity: “I want to be your greatest champion.” Furthermore, it’s reported that Trump believes Haitians are riddled with AIDS. That’s as offensive as a field of onions rotting in 100-degree temperature. White House spokesman Raj Shah, leaped to toady number one status, transforming himself into a moral and linguistic contortionist by justifying Trump’s vitriol and vileness as fighting for Americans. Wrong.
Why didn’t the “like, I’m really smart” “stable genius” pluck a clear, concise, and cogent immigration policy from his repository? Consider, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy desired to exert leadership that provided the people a more vital life, whereas Trump bellowed his candidacy as he denounced and derided Mexicans.
Trump claims he wants a merit-based immigration system, and people who will take our country to the next level. CNN commentator Van Jones offered some facts for Trump to consider: Thirty-one percent of white Americans have bachelor’s degrees, 41 percent of Africans.
Marc D. Greenwood, Camp Hill, Ala.