Churches send taste of home overseas

Dublin First United Methodist and several area churches came together to help give a taste of Christmas to those serving overseas.

Dublin FUMC was designated as a drop-off point for cookies for the second year as the Central Texas Methodist Conference organized treats for active servicemen and women. 

More than 8,000 boxes of cookies (each containing two dozen) were donated across Central Texas. Dublin pastor Ken Lunsford and Ray Labaume delivered 283 of those boxes to Dyess Air Force Base for shipment.

The boxes included donations from Dublin FUMC, Hamilton, Cisco, Palo Pinto, Stephenville FUMC, Oakdale United Methodist Church, Laurel Street United Methodist and Oglesby.

“The airmen were just as tickled to receive them as we were to give them,” Lunsford said, remarking that he immediately agreed to participate this year when organizer Bob Murchison of Coleman called to ask.

Lunsford said the feedback from last year was very positive.

“It’s a taste of home,” he said. “The really are appreciative of anything they’re sent.” 

Lunsford said a few of the packages were damaged last year resulting in crumbs arriving.

Airmen at Dyess said it was a great gift all the same. 

“They were told those were the best tasting crumbs they ever had,” Lunsford said.

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