Boot drive raises over $5k for Christmas project


Staff Report



GALLIA COUNTY — The Gallia County Fire Fighters Association recently held a “Boot Drive” for the Gallia County Community Christmas Project (GCCCP) and raised $5,131.35.

“On behalf of myself and BOCOM (Body of Christ Outreach Ministry), I would like to personally thank each and every fire fighter who gave their time for the children of our community and to those who graciously stopped to donate money. May God Bless you all,” said Pastor Bob Scott.

The donation will be used by BOCOM, a participating group in the GCCCP, to help purchase gifts for children who are being served through the GCCCP. The GCCCP is a community project comprised of various volunteers and organizations that provide Christmas presents to children in Gallia County whose families need help around the Christmas Season. For more information on becoming a GCCCP sponsor contact BOCOM at BOCOM4Gallia@ymail.com.

The GCCCP is an umbrella for several different Christmas projects to work together to provide Christmas gifts to more children while reducing duplications and maximizing efforts to make sure to cover as many children with gifts as possible. From nonprofit agencies, businesses, private citizens, churches to nonprofit organizations, residents banded together in early October to begin providing for children who may not have the opportunity to see a Christmas like their peers. Project members have coordinated with public schools for direction in asking who would be interested in the program as well as churches and other organizations. Families were able to apply to the project to have their children placed on a list in requesting their children be remembered during the project’s gift giving season. Applications were taken in October. The project originally started in the late 2000s. Last year, the coalition raised over $75,000 for roughly 1,500 children countywide.

For more information on becoming a GCCCP sponsor, you may contact BOCOM or simply participate in one of the many Christmas projects throughout our community for children.

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