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Boxes filled with the message of Christmas

It is National Collection week for Operation Christmas Child, and these volunteers, from left, Dolores McDonald of Lithonia, Cathy Vaughn and Arthur Vaughn of Conyers, and Linda Mooneyham of Lithonia, spent time collecting and packing some of the boxes that were dropped off by church groups and individuals. The boxes are filled with essentials, toys and treats for children in other countries. The dining hall at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, located at 2920 Ga. Highway 212, is a collection center, as well as Mansfield Baptist Church, located at 101 Woodlawn Road. For more information on drop-off locations, dates and times, visit: www.samaritanspurse.org. (Staff Photos: Julie Wells)

It is National Collection week for Operation Christmas Child, and these volunteers, from left, Dolores McDonald of Lithonia, Cathy Vaughn and Arthur Vaughn of Conyers, and Linda Mooneyham of Lithonia, spent time collecting and packing some of the boxes that were dropped off by church groups and individuals. The boxes are filled with essentials, toys and treats for children in other countries. The dining hall at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, located at 2920 Ga. Highway 212, is a collection center, as well as Mansfield Baptist Church, located at 101 Woodlawn Road. For more information on drop-off locations, dates and times, visit: www.samaritanspurse.org. (Staff Photos: Julie Wells)

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Pictured here are, left, Henry Horn of Conyers and collection team volunteer Kathy Mooneyham arranging a few of the boxes that Henry and his wife Kathleen (not pictured) made with their daughter and granddaughter. Mooneyham stated that as of noon on Monday, the collection center had already received 457 boxes. Smyrna Presbyterian also has 300 empty boxes available for anyone who would like to pick up an empty box, fill it and drop it back off the collection center.

It is National Collection week for Operation Christmas Child, and these volunteers, from left, Dolores McDonald of Lithonia, Cathy Vaughn and Arthur Vaughn of Conyers, and Linda Mooneyham of Lithonia, spent time collecting and packing some of the boxes that were dropped off by church groups and individuals. The boxes are filled with essentials, toys and treats for children in other countries. The dining hall at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, located at 2920 Ga. Highway 212, is a collection center, as well as Mansfield Baptist Church, located at 101 Woodlawn Road. For more information on drop-off locations, dates and times, visit: www.samaritanspurse.org. (Staff Photos: Julie Wells)

Pictured here are, left, Henry Horn of Conyers and collection team volunteer Kathy Mooneyham arranging a few of the boxes that Henry and his wife Kathleen (not pictured) made with their daughter and granddaughter. Mooneyham stated that as of noon on Monday, the collection center had already received 457 boxes. Smyrna Presbyterian also has 300 empty boxes available for anyone who would like to pick up an empty box, fill it and drop it back off the collection center.

From staff reports