Plain City churches gear up for Christmas Basket project

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Students from Monroe Elementary in the Jonathan Alder School District show off the food items they collected for the Plain City Church Fellowship’s 2019 Christmas basket project. Due to COVID-19, the fellowship is not accepting donations of food this year, but they are accepting monetary donations and encouraging the community to “adopt” families by purchasing Christmas gifts for them.

(Posted Nov. 3, 2020)

Plain City area churches are making plans for the annual Christmas Basket project. In 2019, baskets and gifts were distributed to 150 families which included more than 750 individuals, approximately 500 of whom were children.

At this time, the Plain City Church Fellowship is asking for names, addresses and phone numbers of families or individuals in the Jonathan Alder School District who might need assistance over the holidays. Names can be turned in by calling Plain City Presbyterian Church at (614) 873-5011 or Dave McCray at (614) 408-1617 as soon as possible. All information is kept confidential.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers are not accepting food donations this year and will not hold a packing day. Anyone interested in helping with the project can donate money. Checks made out to “Christmas Basket Fund” can be mailed to: Plain City Presbyterian Church, 231 E. Main St., Plain City, OH 43064.

Another way to participate is to “adopt” a family and buy their Christmas presents. Families may be adopted through local churches or by calling the Presbyterian Church or McCray. Guidelines will be provided for purchasing gifts for appropriate age levels. Organizers ask those who adopt families to deliver the gifts between Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

For more information about the Plain City Church Fellowship Christmas Basket Drive, contact Jim Kaufman, co-chairman, at (937) 243-1653.

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