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Dana Williams thanks Canby residents for generosity, Timothy Scharff comments on recent columns from editor

Thanks offered for help with Christmas giving

To the editor:

I am writing to thank Canby residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Canby and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, collected more than 8.9 million shoebox gifts in 2019. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2019, the ministry is now sending 10,569,405 shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoeboxes — packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items — Canby volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God's love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories since 1993.

It's not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Canby are closed until November 16–23, 2020, information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 253-572-1155.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Dana Williams

Operation Christmas Child

Boone, N.C.

Columns were biting, insightful and true

To the editor:

Have really enjoyed editor John Baker's recent columns. They are insightful, biting, and wonderfully blunt and right on. It's no wonder there's a group of people who don't get it. Don't worry, they aren't capable.

I wish you'd write these more often, John.

But he brings up some good points that are worth noting. The most important is that while people seem to feel it's part of their DNA to bitch and complain about the community newspaper, the truth is papers like the Herald and Pioneer serve a valuable and necessary purpose - they tell our stories with a perspective that isn't tainted like those who are involved in the story or issue.

In short, Mr. Baker and his staff are the closest thing we will get to the "reality" of the story. Don't listen to the whiners and complainers, they don't have a clue.

Keep doing your thankless job, writers. Your are valuable.

Timothy Scharff

Canby


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