Pleasant Church recognized for helping children around the world

Photo submitted to Times Observer Operation Christmas Child Warren County drop-off team leaders, from left, Tom and Patti Seth accept a service award for Pleasant Community Church from Northwestern Pennsylvania Area Coordinator Kathy Schriefer.

Pleasant Community Church has been a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child for more than 15 years, including being a central drop-off for 10.

In recognition of its faithful service, Operation Christmas Child of Northwestern Pennsylvania recognized the church and the local drop-off team leaders, Tom and Patti Seth.

“Pleasant Community Church was recently recognized for its service to children in need around the world,” according to a release. “For more than 15 years, Pleasant Community has served as a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse. Each year, the Samaritan’s Purse project delivers millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, disaster, disease, poverty and famine.”

Over 55,000 shoeboxes have been filled by volunteers at Pleasant Community Church with items donated in Warren County and the surrounding area since 2009.

Kathy Schriefer, Area Coordinator for the Northwestern PA Operation Christmas Child Team, presented the service award to the Seths. “We are grateful for Pleasant Community’s annual commitment to transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope for children in need each year,” Schriefer said. “These simple shoeboxes can impact children’s lives forever, sending a message that God loves them and they are not forgotten.”

In the mid 1990s, Erma Jean McCown began the shoe box ministry at what was then Bethlehem Covenant Church. In 2002, the church became a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child. “Pleasant Community Church, now in its tenth year as a central drop-off Site, is grateful to be a part of bringing Jesus to children around the world,” Patti Seth said.

Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week is Nov. 12 through 19 this year, and Pleasant Community Church will again be a central drop-off site.

More information about Operation Christmas Child may be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.