Cecil H. Christian, 72, of Cadiz, died Tuesday at Trinity Medical Center, West in Steubenville. He was born March 15, 1942 in Scio, Ohio, a son of the late Wesley J. and Myrtle Jane Freeman Christian. Cecil was a retired employee of the AEP Cardinal Plant in Brilliant. He was a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam era and was a member of the Hopedale American Legion and the Cadiz VFW. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Banks Christian. Surviving are two sisters, Twila Porter and Vickie Austin, both of Cleveland; a brother, Timothy Christian of Cadiz; and a step-daughter, Amy Banks-Satterfield of Columbus; a niece and three nephews. Friends may call Monday from 11 a.m. until time of funeral services at 1 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, 172 S. Main St., Cadiz, Ohio. Pastor Kenneth Washington will officiate. Burial will follow at Cadiz Union Cemetery with military honors. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.
Area charity collects shoeboxes for needy
SUGARCREEK –21,958 shoebox gifts were packed and donated to Operation Christmas Child (OCC) during National Collection Week in the Ohio East Area. “On behalf of the 21,958 children who will be blessed with a shoebox gift filled with joy, hope and love, thank you to the generous people of Carroll, Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties who filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child,” said Esther Troyer, OCC area coordinator. This is the first year for the Ohio East Area of OCC, which includes Carrollton, Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties. “Thanks to generous hearts, we collected 7,543 more shoeboxes than in 2013,” shared Troyer. “In the years prior to 2013, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties would average about 2,400 shoeboxes. This project of the international disaster relief agency, Samaritan’s Purse, continues to grow every year and bless children with a gift and the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ in third-world countries.” Troyer also thanked the many volunteers who worked year round. Twenty two Ohio East team members spread the word about shoeboxes to churches, the general public, businesses and community groups. Many others were very involved in their churches, and there were those who made items or shopped year round for shoebox gifts. She was also grateful for all the seasonal volunteers who worked hard throughout collection week to receive, pack and load cartons of shoeboxes on trucks to deliver them to Boone, North Carolina, to be processed and prepared for their journey to over 100 countries around the world. “Everyone is important in this endeavor to bring joy to a child in need,” said Troyer. It is not too late to donate a shoebox. Donations can be mailed to Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C. 28607. Shoeboxes can also still be packed online at samaritanspurse.org year-round. “Most importantly, we now ask for people’s prayers to cover these gifts as they journey to the child God has selected,” said Troyer. For information on becoming a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child, contact Esther Troyer at (330) 852-4039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.