Recently members of the First Community Church’s Joy Bible Class assembled Christmas gift boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. The gift boxes, which contain toys and personal care products, are bound for poverty, disaster, and war stricken regions around the world to provide Christmas gifts for children who are unlikely to receive presents. First Community Church is a collection point forthe gift boxes, accepting them the week of Nov. 12 through 16, 5 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 18, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Nov. 19, 9 to 11 a.m. Please do not include war related items, foods or candies, breakable items, such as glass or porcelain dolls, spillable items, medications, used or damaged items, or hazardous items, such as shaving razors or anything resembling money. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon.