Parchment Valley Baptist receives award

Jackson Newspapers
Jackson Newspapers

Parchment Valley Baptist Church in Ripley was recently recognized by Samaritan’s Purse for 10 years of service as a Jackson County Drop-off Location for shoeboxes for needy children. Debbie Bright, Operation Christmas Child Drop-off Team Leader and Project Leader, and Pastor Matthew Ash accepted the award which was presented by Parkersburg Area Logistics Coordinator Rusty Keplinger and Church Relations Coordinator Paula Keplinger during the morning worship service on Nov. 29.

During National Collection Week 2020, which was completed Nov. 16-23, a total of 5,463 shoeboxes were collected in the Parkersburg Area, with 571 coming from the Parchment Valley Baptist Drop-off Location.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collects shoebox gifts--filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items--and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the only gift they have ever received. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million shoebox gifts to children in over 160 countries and territories.

More than 100,000 volunteers serve in the U.S. during National Collection Week and processing season, and another 260,000 volunteers serve overseas, collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.

More than 10.5 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2019, with almost nine million of those collected in the United States. In 2020, OCC hopes to reach another 11 million children.

Anyone can pack a shoebox, and it’s never too early to start. Learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, and read inspiring stories of the impact of a simple gift at