CHRISTMAS IN JULY-Operation Christmas Child is gearing up, collecting gift filled shoe boxes for children around the world. Carla Minnick Garrigan is heading up the program here in Mountaintop. A donation drop-off is located at H & R Block at 134 N. Mountain Blvd.

donations Tuesdays 9am to 3pm.

She says you can help in so many ways, you can drop off supplies for her to use, you can contact her by email at occnepa@gmail.comor by phone at 570-328-2334 for information on materials needed, you can also make a financial contribution and receive a tax deduction. And Carla shows her faith again by inviting her whole community to help fill the boxes. Although it’s not all worked out yet, she would love to set up a stand at the Bloomsburg Fair and have people stop in and help –remember 4,000 boxes can get filled in a jiffy with that size crowd! Many hands make light work.

If that plan doesn’t work out, Carla

Garrigan will find another way. She reminds that her friends at New Life Community Church can be counted on to help, and she’ll be sending out up-dates by facebook and email when her plans are settled. She will get the boxes done and sent out across the world to spread the message of the holiday through the Operation Christmas Child program. She knows how important it is, “These boxes have the power to change a child’s life, but it doesn’t stop there, these boxes can change a whole community.”