Local employees make significant contribution to project

Authored by Jim Langham on Nov 20, 2013

The end result was even much greater than what Naomi Muselman, area representative for Samaritan Purse boxes of Adams County, had ever imagined.
Muselman was hoping that when over 100 employees of Annie’s and EP Graphics gathered to pack boxes for the Samaritan Purse, “Operation Christmas Child,” effort, at least 100 boxes would be stuffed.
Instead, employees brought enough box stuffers to fill at least 150 boxes, a real pleasant surprise of the support of local workers in giving to needy children around the world.
“This is a great idea to help more people that are not as fortunate as we are,” commented employee Lee Ann Jonathan. “We have more participation than we even thought.”
Jonathan is a real supporter of benevolent volunteer work in the area. She is also involved in the “Stockings for Troops” project with the local VFW. Her husband, Rodney Jonathan, is a veteran and she is a member of the Veteran’s Auxiliary.
“It’s just great to help out other countries and families in need,” observed Chrisann Houston. “It warms my heart to have people here that care about people around the world who have need.”
“My kids and I have done this with our church before,” commented Suzy Cyrus. “I love to get things for our kids to box up.”
Other employees such as Kathy Bishop said that she loves to share joy and make others happy, especially by sharing with those with need.
Muselman explained that people in the county will deliver boxes to The Bridge North Church in Decatur through Monday. Roger Muselman will be taking boxes to the Sunrise Community Church, distribution center for Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne. Semis will then take the boxes to Atlanta and Boone, N.C. for worldwide distribution.
Muselman noted that Annie’s will be paying for shipping.
“The biggest achievement to me has got to be everyone working together in this awesome time of the season,” said Jan Simmons. “I want to help see this used as a ministry that leads kids to Christ.”
“This is what this is all about,” commented Simmons’ wife, Mary, who worked beside her husband packing boxes. “This goes beyond the commercial time of Christmas. This gets right to the heart of Christmas; God gave the ultimate gift in Jesus.”
Muselman said that there has been a huge surge in giving worldwide this year. While 8 million boxes were distributed last year, there is speculation that the number may grow by over a million this year.
“Helping is always good,” commented Brian Monroe. “It feels good to help others. These gift boxes have things they can really use, school supplies and other items.”
“It’s always good when you can help those in need,” said Stephanie Rorick. “I wish that we could send more. I’m sure this will make their Christmas.”
Tanya Fox said that she is touched when she realizes how much the simple gift boxes will mean to children where they go, compared to the extraordinary expectations of most American children.
“When you ask American children what they want, a lot of them say iPads and computers,” said Fox. “This is so humbling, how overwhelming these simple boxes will be to the poor who never receive anything. They tell us that we can’t imagine how excited they are going to be about these simple boxes.”

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