Area woman makes 1,000 necklaces for Operation Christmas Child boxes
BAKERSVILLE – After seeing a necklace she liked on Pinterest, Patricia Stamey thought she could make a similar accessory.
Initially Stamey, 79, of Bakersville, thought she would sell the necklaces, but before long decided to do something slightly different with her product.
“I set a goal to make 1,000 necklaces,” she said, “five a day and 25 a week, taking a break on Saturdays and Sundays. My nephew asked me why I didn’t sell them and after I started making them to sell it took all the joy out making them. I told him, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.’”
So every day for seven months Stamey, a member of Roan Mountain Missionary Baptist Church, wove five necklaces until she reached her goal. Each necklace – individually wrapped and bagged – is going somewhere in the world through Operation Christmas Child, a project of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse ministry.
“I’ve always been big into Franklin Graham’s shoe boxes,” Stamey said. “I’ve been doing the boxes for 15 years and put together 25 last year that had school supplies, toys, flashlights, harmonicas, T-shirts, toothbrushes and toothpaste in them.”
The necklaces will be taken straight to Boone and used a filler items for this year’s boxes.
In 2015 there were 11.2 million Operation Christmas Child Boxes shipped all over the world. Sandy Wood, of the Samaritan’s Purse Mitchell County Church Relations Team, said this year’s goal is 12 million.
Boxes can be dropped off during National Collection Week Nov. 14-21 at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, 125 Tappan St. in Spruce Pine.