Every year millions of people lovingly pack shoe boxes full of gifts and supplies and give them to Operation Christmas Child. They are then delivered to needy children around the world. For the first time in the 20 years of this project we have a local drop off site in the area, River Of Life church in Cold Spring. National Collection Week is Monday, Nov. 18, through Monday, Nov. 25. Shoe boxes can be dropped off at the following times:
Monday, Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22, 3-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25, 9-11 a.m.
In addition to the gifts and supplies, Operation Christmas Child brings hope and the good news of Jesus to the children. For more information about OCC, or to find out how to pack a shoebox, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
The Catholic Order of Foresters will have Bouja and Chicken Noodle Soup for sale Sunday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Watkins.
The Assumption parish in Eden Valley held an All Saints Celebration during mass Friday, Nov. 1.
Forty-one youth in the parish volunteered to dress as saints and be introduced during the Mass.
Fr. Jerome Naduvathaniyil officiated.
The St. Augusta Lions will have their Fall breakfast from 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary’s Help of Christians Parish Center in St. Augusta.
On the menu are sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, oven-fried potatoes, fruit, fresh-baked rolls, and beverages. Cost is a free-will donation.
Hilltop Health Care Center recently hosted a Quilting Bee with the Luxemberg Quilters and the St. Theresa Mission sewing group from St. Anthony Church in Watkins. Several Hilltop residents also helped with the quilting. The quilt was donated by Kay Stang. The quilt will be raffled at the St. Wendelin Catholic School Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in February, 2014.