Local givers spread message of hope

Shoe boxes packed with gift items for children of all ages were collected the week prior to Thanksgiving at First Christian Church in Broken Bow, the local relay center for Operation Christmas Child. A project of the mission group Samaritan's Purse, founded by Franklin Graham, Operation Christmas Child collects and distributes Christmas gift boxes to children all around the world. A total of 611 shoe boxes were collected at the Broken Bow site, according to relay center director Fae Beaumont. A number of area churches collected boxes in their communities and brought them to Broken Bow, including 63 from Dunning, nearly 150 from Callaway, 105 from Comstock and a number from two churches in Sargent. Individuals from all across the area also brought shoe boxes into the church. The shoe boxes were packed in large cartons, loaded into a horse trailer and driven to Kearney by Fae and Dennis Beaumont. In Kearney the cartons were loaded on semi trailers and headed to Denver, where they will be packed in cargo planes and flown to the anxiously awaiting children. Fae says the boxes collected in Broken Bow will go to Mexico. She and Dennis plan to go to Denver Dec. 4, and help out at the distribution center