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Fellowship packs Operation Christmas Child boxes

Nelson Randolph, of Bethlehem, led Fellowship Community’s Samaritan’s Purse event called Operation Christmas Child Nov. 2. He coordinated an assembly line of volunteer residents as they stuffed holiday gift boxes to be sent overseas.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The organization has sent millions of boxes overseas to those in need over the years. The Samaritan’s Purse CEO is Franklin Graham.

Fellowship resident Anna Harakal, of Coplay, was delighted to help stuff the boxes. With a big smile on her face, she said she helps every year at the event, held at 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.

Fellowship resident Lee Wagner, of Cementon, was also cheerful as she helped the room full of volunteers working in an assembly line format.

Neil Hahn, of Orefield, and Jay Kuleski, of Schnecksville, were at the end of the line, placing the gift boxes into larger boxes and sealing them to prepare for pickup and shipping overseas.

It was an efficient event as seasoned residents and volunteers enjoyed the work of boxing up items to be sent to children in need.

Shoe box-filled gifts included small toys, hygiene products, socks, arts and crafts items and school supplies. Boxes are divided by gender and age.

Any organization or group is invited to sponsor an Operation Christmas Child. Visit samaritanspurse.org for more information.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. Neil Hahn, of Orefield, and Jay Kuleski, of Schnecksville, help pack boxes during the Operation Christmas Child event Nov. 2 at Fellowship Community, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall. The effort is coordinated by the Samaritan's Purse organization.
Lee Wagner, of Cementon, is all smiles as she helps pack boxes to be sent to children in need.
Fellowship residents form an assembly line to ensure the boxes are packed properly.