MERRY CHRISTMAS, APPALACHIA – 2002

By , February 15, 2003

This Christmas was especially beautiful in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. With a cold crispness in the air and the gray clouds foretelling of snow, the frustration of an ailing economy appeared to vanish as everyone began to gather at the Appalachian Dream Center for a time of celebration and joy.
During the month of December, the Dream Center pulls out all the stops to provide everyone possible with joy and hope, which has been a part of the Christmas spirit. This year, ADC experienced an amazing outpouring of help as they fed in excess of 3,000 hot meals and distributed over 600 50# food boxes plus 550 turkeys to single parent families and senior adults. More than 5,000 toys were given to 2,000 children to enjoy. In one day alone, 700 hot meals were served and 3,000 blankets were distributed to the homeless and families without adequate heat.

However, ADC does not only serve those that can come to the Center. The volunteer workers went to a local nursing home and completely clothed the 62 patients living in that facility. Everyone received a brand new outfit! Singing and sharing goodies was a part of the day’s festivities.

When the holiday season had concluded for the ADC staff and volunteers, almost 10,000 people had been affected by their love, dedication, commitment and compassion. Truly, it was a Merry Christmas, Appalachia –2002!

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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