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June 19, 2013
For a team of volunteers at Meadowood Baptist Church, in Amory, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. In fact, they work year-round to gather small gifts and school supplies to pack as many as 900 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. OCC is a program of Samaritan’s Purse, an international, nondenominational Christian organization that helps victims of war, famine, poverty, natural disasters and disease.
To fund the shipping of hundreds of boxes to children around the world, the Amory volunteers gathered recipes from their community to create a new cookbook, aptly titled “Our Community Cookbook.” All proceeds from the sale of cookbooks go toward shipping the shoeboxes.
The cookbook offers recipes for all cooks but may have special appeal for those with a sweet tooth. A third of its 300 pages is devoted to cookies, candies and desserts—including a 13-page chapter on sweets suitable for diabetics. Sprinkled throughout the book are photographs of young OCC recipients with their boxes.
To order a copy of the spiral-bound, softcover cookbook, send $18 (includes postage) to Mary Elizabeth Ritter, 60048 Philips School House Road, Amory, MS 38821. Make check payable to Outreach Ministry. For more information, call Meadowood Baptist Church at 662-256-5616.
For details on Operation Christmas Child, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.
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