IRON RIVER—A spaghetti dinner will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, at First Presbyterian Church here to send the “Operation Christmas Child-Shoe Boxes” on their way around the world.
“Since it costs $7 to get it going, we are having the adult and takeouts at $7 and $3.50 for children under 12,” said Marilyn Budzak.
“It also will be a good night to bring your filled boxes, and if you need a few extra items to fill up a box, we can help you. We will have a big can with items others brought. We can show you a few ways how you can make this a great occasion.”
First, said Budzak, you can fill a box or come and have dinner that will send a box on its way. “Second, if you can’t fill a box by yourself, ask a friend or two to help with it, tell all your family, friends, neighbors to come to our dinner, or if you can bring some items like pencils and pencil sharpeners (very important as in the places where the boxes go, there aren’t any), school supplies hard candy, gum, no sharp items or chocolate as it melts, small hand games, toothbrush and toothpaste, combs and brushes, little girls like hair things and boys like caps.”
These are a few hints, she said. “We appreciate money donations if you can’t help in any other way. All the money goes to Samaritans Purse to get them on their way. We want the boxes at the church during the week of Nov. 4 so we can check them and get them to the First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain the next week.’
The boxes, said Budzak, go by truck, train, plane, shop, donkey, camel, dug-out and on the backs of men who carry them into isolated villages.
“Your help in getting these precious boxes to the children is appreciated more than you know. I wish we all could see the smiles on their faces when they receive their box and know that Jesus and all of us care about them. Thank you in advance. Don’t forget about the dinner, as our chef Herb is making the sauce and it is delicious. See you there and thanks for all your help in getting (we hope) 200 boxes arriving in time for Christmas.”