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BCC church gives Christmas boxes to local kids


BLACK CANYON CITY – Calvary Black Canyon City Church has helped community kids have a brighter Christmas this year. The church sponsored an event for children in their community who come from homes with financial and other needs. For these kids, Christmas can be a difficult time of year.

Church administrator Margaret Opsal noted that these children, ages 2-12, signed up to receive Christmas boxes, requesting specific things that they might want. 

“So many of these requests included basics, like shoes and blankets,” Opsal said in an email describing the Dec. 12 event. “Each child was ‘adopted,’ and the adoptee was responsible for filling a 12x12x4 box. Our congregation is not a wealthy one; in fact, the vast majority are on some kind of financial assistance. But, our people sacrificed to fill these boxes with what was requested and then some.”

Volunteers handed out Christmas boxes to kids at a Christmas party. The children were thrilled, but Opsal noted that the givers’ smiles were even broader than the children’s.

Calvary Black Canyon City participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program for many years. Last year, they decided to sponsor children in their community after noting how many local families were in need. The congregation’s response to sponsoring these children was so great that the original gift box size – a shoebox – was just too small for their generous gifts, and they had to order larger boxes.

This year, 35 kids signed up for Christmas boxes, and more than 40 adults participated. Adults who weren’t assigned a specific child to buy for made boxes of general gifts for kids who came to the event but had not signed up.

“Two of our elderly women, Margaret Hines and Helen Hicks, are both on fixed incomes, but they were so delighted to be able to shop for ‘their kids,’” Opsal described. “They told me that they hadn’t enjoyed Christmas as much as buying gifts for those boxes. The girls who received their boxes were so grateful, and it was a beautiful scene to see both the givers and the recipients so blessed.”