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Letters: Carroll showed support for Operation Christmas Child; Mail delay because of COVID-19, not DeJoy; Treatment of Trump, supporters won’t be forgotten | READER COMMENTARY

Carroll showed support for Operation Christmas Child

Despite a global pandemic, residents of Carroll County shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Generosity throughout the Northwest Maryland area team resulted in 10,674 shoebox gifts collected at curbside drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the United States, the project collected more than 7.8 million such gifts in 2020. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2020, the ministry is now sending more than 8.9 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

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Through shoeboxes — packed with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items — Carroll County volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Through the continued generosity of donors since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 186 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Across the Northwest Maryland area team, shoebox packers shop for shoebox gift deals year-round, and many serve at a deeper level.  Information about ways Carroll County participants can get involved year round can also be found on at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 410-772-7360. Although local drop‑off locations for gifts are closed until Nov. 15 – 22, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online in just a few simple clicks at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline.

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These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Joan Spangler

Westminster

Mail delay because of COVID-19, not DeJoy

I read Bill Kennedy’s opinion piece on the state of the postal service (”New president offers hope, ex-president left behind postal mess,” Jan. 25). Perhaps Kennedy should do less bashing of Postmaster General DeJoy and more investigation as to why the mail is delayed lately.

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DeJoy was hired to streamline and cut costs at the postal service, something that has been needed for some time. The current delays stem from an unprecedented amount of packages the public unloaded on the USPS during the holidays. Understandable due to COVID-19 and wanting to get gifts to loved ones.

You might keep in mind that the cost to ship via USPS was much less than by UPS or FedEx, which might be one reason most folks chose USPS. I know. I used both UPS and USPS and paid $40 more to UPS for roughly the same shipment to Denver. I’m in the same boat looking for statements and invoices. Hopefully, the backlog will be taken care of and service will return to normal. I did not notice any delays prior to the holiday season.

Finally, I remember the polio vaccinations, sugar cubes and all. There was much less urgency then and certainly much less population in the USA during that time. Polio was not as deadly as COVID-19. We’ see how the new administration does with their plan.

John R. Redding

Westminster

Treatment of Trump, supporters won’t be forgotten

I notice that opinion pieces such as the column written by Frank Batavick (”Republicans need to move past toxic Trumpism, develop positive political agenda,” Jan. 22) about renouncing Trumpism (as he phrases it), where he talks about everything wrong with Trump and his supporters, it seems that they all want sweetness and light when their candidates are in office.

He conveniently forgets to mention how President Trump was treated for over 4 years, even before he took office. Lots of false information there, Frank (Russia, Russia, Russia), and they tried to do anything they thought they could do to remove him from office. Frank also conveniently forgets to talk about all that was said by Democrats after Biden won. If you question the election you are an extremist. Some Democratic members of Congress are calling for Trump voters to be deprogrammed. Twitter cut off privileges for a sitting president of the United States and they, along with other platforms (YouTube, Google, etc) are silencing conservative voices.

So Frank, save your crying for someone who cares. There are 75 million voters out there who will not forget how Democrats treated us.

John Aymold

Sykesville

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