LuAnn Lindquist, in back right, Delta County OCC Community and Church Relations director, is pictured with her fourth-grade Pioneer Club class at Grace Church in Gladstone as they present their donations to Operation Christmas Child Shoebox gift collection. Other leaders in the photo are Shannon Baxter, Joanne Lusardi, and Bethany Nelson. The shoeboxes prepared at Grace Church were sent to a processing center in Minneapolis, Minn., where they will be shipped out to children around the world who are suffering from the ravages of war, deprivation and even starvation. The local relay center collected 1,136 shoeboxes filled with toys and personal care items.
Youth volunteers helped unload boxes to the Relay Center at Grace Church. They are Joey Wolfe, Miah Barteld, Marshall Smith, Grant Smith, Taylor ?, and Olivia Wetthuhn.
Checking out the scores of Operation Christmas Child boxes are: from left, Shurlee Plouff from Grace Church, Rebecca Cochran and Wanda Concorran from Bark River Bible Church, and Carol Verbeek from Rapid River Congregational Church.
Children from the Seventh-day Adventist School in Escanaba helped collect and load up shoeboxes.
LuAnn Lindquist, Delta County OCC Community and Church Relations director, is pictured with volunteer, Dave Beck.
Even “Pedro,” who sits at Ferdinand’s Restaurant in Escanaba, got into the Operation Christmas Child spirit. Ferdinand’s was one of the local drop sites.