Through the continued generosity and love of the people of the Fentress County and surrounding area, this year’s Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Collection was another overwhelming success, with a total of 12,172 boxes filled.  On Sunday evening, following a special service at the First Baptist Church, volunteers from several area churches and organizations united to pack the shoe boxes into larger boxes,some of which are shown above  before they were loaded onto trucks for shipping to regional collection centers for final shipping to the various countries of need.  The project is coordinated by Dr. Chris and Paula Sewell, who gave all the credit for the success of the project to wonderful people of the area, stating:  “We are again overwhelmed by the response this year. Paula Sewell commented:  “Our original goal was 11,500, and I had set a prayer goad of 12,001 and we ended up with 12,172.  I’m feeling so blessed, I can’t describe it.  We couldn’t have done this without the many volunteers who step up each year to help carry the message of Jesus  through this shoebox ministry.  This project changes lives not just for today, but for eternity.  Again, we thank you for all the shoeboxes of love.”