Letters to the editor

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 04:20 PM

Operation Christmas Child

I wanted to write to thank fellow Durham-area residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas.

Together we were able to pack over 64,300 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities — for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoe box gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries. During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.

I would like to thank the volunteers at our local collection sites and all those who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box gift. For many of the children who receive these gifts, this shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.

Although our local drop-off locations in the Durham-area are closed, gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse by mailing them to 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.

There are also year-round volunteer opportunities available to serve with Operation Christmas Child.  Find out how you can use your gifts and talents to make a difference in children’s lives around the world by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org or by calling (704) 583-1463. 

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.

Chris Ramsey

Carolinas regional director

Operation Christmas Child 

Copper thefts

Last year, we passed a law that would curtail most metal thefts. Recently there has been a rash of copper thefts on Hillsborough Road -- notably, copper coils for heating/air conditioning units.

The gym that I go to lost two units which cost $22,000 to replace for probably $100 worth of copper. This means that some dealer is buying scrap illegally to make the almighty dollar.

Our laws are only as good as we want them to be. One bad apple can ruin the barrel. In the long run we all have to pay for the increase in insurance premiums.

Robert A Pendergraph

Durham