By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor
On Sunday, February 10, Frieda Blakney was presented with a plaque for her dedication and service for the last five years as the coordinator for Aliceville First Baptist Church’s Operation Christmas Child drop-off center. Chuck and Kristy Gross, the West Alabama area coordinators for Operation Christmas Child, presented the plaque to Blakney during the Sunday morning service. Aliceville First Baptist was honored for five years of serving as a drop-off center, as the church became a drop-off location in August 2014.
“We got started by actually just receiving a phone call,” Blakney said. “We were contacted to see if we would be interested in becoming a drop-off center. It was all green to me, as to what a drop-off location was. I was packing boxes and I had been to a couple of meetings with a lady and I went to Brother Charlie (Wilson) and we just decided that it was something that God wanted us to do and we’ve been doing it for five years now.”
As a drop-off center, the churches in the area who pack the boxes for Operation Christmas Child bring them for drop-off at Aliceville First Baptist during national collection week, which is the week before Thanksgiving. It starts on a Monday and ends the Monday before Thanksgiving. Aliceville First Baptist and Mt. Pleasant Baptist in Gordo are the only two drop-off locations in Pickens County.
“We have to have our drop-off center open every day for at least two hours,” Blakney said. “People volunteer to stay there and collect boxes. We don’t collect as many boxes as Gordo because they’ve been doing it for 20-plus years, but every year, ours has grown a little bit.”
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