The Transylvania Times -

By Derek McKissock
News Editor" 

Operation Christmas Child Gets Underway


Brenda Whitcomb really enjoys the prayer aspect of Operation Christmas Child. (Times photos by Derek McKissock)

For Brenda Whitcomb, one of the great things about Operation Christmas Child is its emphasis on the power of prayer.

The Brevard resident is the prayer coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in western North Carolina.

Whitcomb said she prays while she packs the shoe boxes with gifts for needy children in countries around the world that are often the victims of poverty, natural disasters, war and famine.

Whitcomb and 21 others from the region packed 485 shoe boxes on Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Brevard.

The "packing party" featured gifts from the local Dollar Tree Stores. O...

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