Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
By doing so, Samaritan’s Purse started an annual “Operation Christmas Child” mission for children all over the world to receive shoebox gifts filled with Christmas gifts, hygiene items, school supplies and many additional items inside since 1993.
In 2022, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach 11 million children.
In the past week, hundreds of shoeboxes with gifts filled inside were collected and donated in Christian County.
The members of Hillcrest Baptist hosted their Church as a drop off location over the past week from November 14-2, 2022.
Hillcrest opened its doors to the community and functioned as a regional drop-off location for the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Collection called “Operation Christmas Child.” Hillcrest collected approximately a total of 1,695 gifts for many children of other countries.
“As a regional drop-off location, we get to be some of the first people to pray over and prepare the boxes that are donated, before they are sent out on their global journey. It was an honor to do it, just imagine each box went to a child that never had a toy. This was a God thing. Myself and Hill Crest were honored to be apart of this operation,” said Marqueta Scott coordinator at Hillcrest. “This operation shares the gospel of God’s love and we hope all the children who receive a package feel the love of our community.”
Alongside Hill Crest’s drop off location, just outside of town roughly 15 miles out, Olivet Baptist church in Herndon also collected hundreds of shoe boxes for children to enjoy during the holiday season. For the past five years, Olivet has played a huge role in this operation being the main drop off location within the area.
Approximately 3,300 shoe boxes were collected at Olivet Baptist and were sent off to Prinecton before going out to major central drop off locations.
Drop Off Leader Nancy Bullard, of Olivet Baptist Church, reflected on the meaning behind this operation and the joy of being part of such a joyous cause “For every shoe box we send out it’s a teaching of the gospel. In some way, shape or from… each child that receives a package will also receive God’s love. This is something that’s been apar of Olivet for the past 5 years and we hope to continue being part of this operation going forward. Anne Jiles operates as Christian County’s Church Relations and she’s done a wonderful job getting the word to the community for us to receive as many donations as we did,” said Bullard.
Bullard mentioned the process and vetting set to take place at each location such as checking the boxed for safety reasons and taking anything out that could affect the shipments in customs. Bullard stated how for every vetting package, for anything removed another gift would be replaced inside each shoebox.
This year’s collected gifts are set to be set off with love and hope to be received with love. During the holiday season, the community is reminded to give thanks and spread love among the community, recieveing the same joyus love in return.
Learn more about this annual operation online at
As the year winds down, there are many events set to take place throughout the community for everyone to attend.
Of the upcoming events, Jeffers Bend is set to hold their annual “Christmas at the Bend’’ for family and friends to attend.
On December 3, 2022 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Christmas at the Bend will be a day for the community to get together and enjoy activities, refreshments and fellowship among one another. There will be homemade cookies, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Hundreds from the community are expected to come out and enjoy the joyful day.
The kids and families of the community will have photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Some of the activities available will be making Christmas Cards for Nursing Homes, participating in recycling crafts, and learning how to feed birds in the winter. During the family gathering, the police department and fire department will be on the grounds teaching the community about safety especially during the holiday months.
There will also be a raffle to win a 55-inch flat screen TV from Walmart Distribution Center.
Admission to join the day of festivities will be $5 per car, $10 per bus up to 15 passengers, and $15 for 16 and above, designed to accommodate all families. The entrance fee will cover all costs, except the photo with Santa in his workshop, which will be $5. In appreciation of those of the services will have free entry to attend Christmas at the Bend.
Diane Turner, chairperson for the event, expressed a big number for this upcoming event. “We continue to have young people who started as participants, now assist with carrying out Christmas at the Bend. For 2022, it’s the challenge for myself and other members of the steering committee to make sure families are aware of this festive indoor event,” said Turner.
The event is sponsored by the Jeffers Bend Steering Committee, in cooperation with the Pennyrile Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area Council, Inc., Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority, City of Hopkinsville, Truist Bank, Randy Arnold and Family, Jennie Stuart Medical Center, and Walmart Distribution Center.
Jeffers Bend Environmental Center is a place the community can relish. The center allows for many benefits such as relieving stress in a peaceful nature-filled environment known for calming the mind. Christmas at the Bend will wrap up a wonderful year at Jeffers Bend.
Come out and enjoy a day among the community, joining in the Christmas spirit.
For more information contact Charles Turner, RC&D Coordinator (Volunteer), at the Pennyrile RC&D office/Jeffers Bend at (270) 885-5600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffers Bend Environmental Center is located at 950 Metcalfe Ln, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.
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Thanksgiving week began with plenty of sunshine and clear skies, and we will see a nice warming trend as temperatures gradually trend milder each day as the week progresses.
Keith Cooley, Senior Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, predicted a pleasant week with no travel concerns or severe winter weather.
“The main effect (this week) would be the rain and any kind of wind that comes with that and the possible rain for Thanksgiving Day,” said Cooley.
According to Cooley, there is a chance that the rain will be delayed by a day, but regardless of the day, expect light rain and up to a quarter inch of precipitation.
“Drought conditions continue until we get rain or snow. The drought is likely to persist through November and December, but we’re expecting some improvement later December into early January,” said Cooley.
According to the Kentucky Mesonet, Christian County has gone six days without rain, and the majority of Kentucky is experiencing D1, moderate drought conditions, which is an improvement from a month ago, according to the US Drought Monitor.
Cooley predicts a warming trend by Wednesday, with highs in the 50s and possibly even 60s and wind gusts of 10 to 15 mph. According to Cooley, the weekend will be cooler with lows in the 30s and 40s and highs in the 50s.
Governor Andy Beshear presented eight Purple Star Awards to Christian County Public Schools during a ceremony that included speeches from Brigadier General Steven Bullard, Purple Star Founder Pete LuPiba, CCPS Superintendent Chris Bentzel, and Military Affairs Director Kristi Murtha, Christian County Chamber of Commerce on Monday at Christian County Middle School.
“Today we get to welcome Christian County Schools to Kentucky’s Purple Heart program. This is a designation that shows this school system is committed to caring for and supporting our military connected family and community,” said Governor Beshear.
Christian County Schools will be one of only ten districts in the state and eight of only 26 schools across the state to receive the designation
“As Americans we must commit to the hard work of being worthy of the sacrifices our servicemen and women, and part of that means living out our faith and values by supporting and caring for their families at home, and Christian County School is doing just that along with 26 other schools in Kentucky,” said Governor Beshear.
Beshear expressed his appreciation to the military personnel and their families who serve alongside them, and he was pleased to see nearly 200 Kentucky national guardsmen return home a week before Thanksgiving.
“This year I was proud to sign 4 pieces of legislation to improve conditions and opportunities in Kentucky for military spouses and families. They include cutting state taxes on military retirement pay and simplifying the job certification process for military spouses, and we’re supporting the Veterans’ program through our Veterans trust fund,” said Governor Beshear.
The eight schools that received the Purple Star School Award were Crofton, Freedom, Indian Hills, Martin Luther King Jr., Millbrooke, Pembroke, Sinking Fork and South Christian Elementary Schools.
“This Purple Star School Award is important and really exciting that all 8 of the Elementary Schools in Christian County have received this distinction. It means that when military families come to this community, whether they will be active or retired for service, they know they are in a community that will wrap their arms around them and give them the support they need to make every transition moment as easy as possible. They know their children will have tools and resources at hand so that they can succeed in their education and beyond,” said First Lady Britainy Beshear.
First Lady Beshear shared some of her experiences meeting with military families, as well as the benefits of being a military family and the sacrifices made.
“Despite the hardships some of the military families have gone through, one of things they all told me is they love the support they have found in each other and in their communities,” Britainy Beshear said.