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WCMS clubs team up for needy
Interact and Beta clubs at Warren County Middle School donated 92 shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child. Along with making donations, group members will be lending a helping hand during collection week. Pictured, from left, are Ginger Majors, Caroline Stiles, Operation Christmas Child organizer Debbie Patterson, Oniurca Ramirez, Kataen Shockley, Dante Grayson, Rachel Grissom and Zeb Wilson.

Warren County Middle School’s Interact and Beta clubs have donated 92 shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.
“I like participating in Operation Christmas Child,” said Interact Club president Zeb Wilson. “I think every one of us does. From handing out brochures, to accepting donations, gathering items and making the shoeboxes, it’s fun. It’s also a wonderful feeling that one little shoebox might mean so much to a child. It makes us feel grateful for what we have. We will be donating more shoeboxes up to and during collection week.”
The clubs work closely with the effort every year, both donating boxes and lending a helping hand during collection week, which is Nov. 14-21 at First Baptist Church on Spring Street.
“I would like to once again give a big thank you and appreciation to the Warren County Middle School Interact and Beta Clubs for their continued support and help with Operation Christmas Child,” said Debbie Patterson, who organizes the local effort with Debra Young. “The students pack shoeboxes and give of their time to bring a smile to children all over the world. It takes volunteers to carry out the ministry and their help just makes my job go a little smoother. The students give back to the community and help others in many different ways.”
Both Beta and Interact require its members to perform community service work. Patterson says the sponsors of those groups deserve appreciation for their efforts in guiding the children now to become the leaders of tomorrow.
“A big appreciation to the sponsors as well,” she said. “Many blessings to them for bringing up leaders through the Interact and Beta clubs.”
For more information about Operation Christmas Child or how to participate, visit
Collection days and times:
Monday, Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18 from 8: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.