Gifts of love project wraps up at local church in St. Albans, WV
Maranatha Fellowship Church plans to donate nearly 700 gifts of love this year.
ST. ALBANS, WV -
Members of Maranatha Fellowship Church in St. Albans, West Virginia have been working around the clock for the past few weeks.
They have been putting together this years "Gifts of Love", or boxes full of toys, hygiene items, and candy for children in Haiti.
"The joy that they get when they get these boxes, I have never really seen it anywhere else" says Jeremy Kemerer, a volunteer for the Gifts of Love program at Maranatha.
Volunteers use donations from the church to buy the supplies and boxes, then spend hours putting them together for the Haitian children.
The gift boxes might not seem like much to the average person, but for the children receiving them they mean everything.
"Just this little box with a barbie doll, a soccer ball, a toothbrush or candy makes them super happy because they have nothing. It might be the only gift they get all year" says Brittany Bailey, a teenager who visits Haiti and helps out with the Gifts of Love Program.
After the boxes are packed up, they are sent to the International Missions Outreach headquarters in Clendenin, West Virginia. After being processed by customs, they are shipped by ocean liner to Haiti.
Members of Maranatha travel to Haiti in November to help sort the boxes which then make it to the Haitian children just before Christmas.
"It's stuff that we take for granted here and they are just ecstatic. They were all just holding the boxes up over their heads and trying to peek into them to see what they had." says Deona Kemerer, organizer of Gifts of Love at Maranatha.
The boxes are scheduled to ship out from IMO headquarters this weekend.
Maranatha expects to donate nearly 700 boxes, but nation wide close to 7,000 boxes will be sent to Haiti.
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