Operation Christmas Cheer gets ready for big toy give away

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In years past, children would come to the Fincastle Baptist Church.

They would go through the doors and have a Christmas pageant get a box of hard candies, an orange, and a toy. Now a nonprofit is building on that tradition.

For some wrapping presents this time of year, can be a hassle, but for others,

“I enjoy wrapping actually, so it’s not bad. I do all the wrapping at my house,” said Ken Srpan, volunteer.

Ken Srpan is a volunteer for Operation Christmas Cheer, a non-profit in Fincastle which gives kids in need presents and items to make their Christmas wish come true.

“See their eyes when they first walk into the building here and all the presents and everything like that, it’s just a terrific feeling,” said Ken Srpan, volunteer.

“They get a toy, they get an outfit or two, coat, hat, mittens, they also get a basket or box of food staples and a Christmas dinner,” said Wendy Jones, started Operation Christmas Cheer.

Wendy Jones started this tradition 9 years ago when she moved into the Fincastle Baptist Church.

“If you don’t pay it forward, or give to the community someone has to take care of people and children are our future so it’s important to keep them going,” said Wendy Jones, started Operation Christmas Cheer.

Volunteers gathered to cut, tape, and wrap to transform the toys into gifts.

“I look forward to this every year, it makes my Christmas,” said Ken Srpan, volunteer.

This year 35 children will come to the church for a Christmas party with Santa and all.

Over the 9 years, the organization has helped hundreds.

“In the past we’ve done over 200 children and almost 100 families, but we’ve had a lot of fun with this for 9 years,” said Wendy Jones, started Operation Christmas Cheer.

Years of memories and laughs fill this room getting ready to fill the hearts of so many children.

Operation Christmas Cheer still needs monetary donations. Here is the link for their Facebook page to help: https://www.facebook.com/Operation-Christmas-Cheer-Inc-125103857531021/?fref=ts

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