Operation Christmas Child a success

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On Aug. 24, over 150 men, women and children from 10 counties gathered to enjoy an afternoon of gospel music, provided by:  Amber Lee Abbott, the Andrews Family, the Dixie Jubilees, and Circle Cross Cowboy Band. 

The Suwannee Valley Region North Central Florida Area Team for Operation Christmas Child hosted this celebration to kick off the expected goal of 19,180 shoebox gifts (gospel opportunities) to be collected from residents of Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor Counties for needy children overseas through Operation Christmas Child this year.  

The guest speakers were Sasha Makarova and her brother, Stefan Makarov.  They shared their special story of receiving an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox while living in Kaskelen, Kazakhstan, and how it impacted their lives and the lives of all the children who received a shoebox. They are from a family of seven children. Their father was a pastor in Kazakhstan, where at a church meeting they received their own Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

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