Operation Magi surprises 120 Landrum children with gifts

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gifts lined up ready to be taken to schools as part of Operation Hope’s Operation Magi, which surprised 120 children from Landrum schools with clothing and toys. (photo submitted by Jan Ludwick)

Operation Magi is a cooperative venture of local schools, area businesses and churches. It is a Christmas gift to all the children in the area whose parents have fallen on tough times this year.
This year, because of the economy, a couple of benefactors had to drop out. Therefore, the decision was made to limit the project to students in the elementary and middle schools and their younger siblings.
“The Grinch tried to steal our Christmas surprises, but we could not, would not let him do it!” said Jan Ludwick.
This year Operation Magi surprised 120 children from the Landrum schools. That number doubles as each child receives an outfit of clothing and a toy of their choice for under the Christmas tree. The gifts were donated by members of the Landrum community who filled all the wish lists.
The project starts in early fall at O.P. Earle Elementary and Landrum Middle School. The faculty and staff compile the list and contact the parents of each child. This list is then forwarded to Operation Hope for distribution to the command center.
Volunteers from Bible Baptist, Breakthrough, Christ Community, Fairview Baptist, First Baptist of Gowensville, First Baptist Landrum, Ingleside Baptist, Landrum Presbyterian, Landrum United Methodist and Oak Grove Baptist churches reported for duty, filling all those bags with surprises.
– article submitted by Jan Ludwick

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