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To the Editor:
Each year Carrollton Public Square is decorated with scarecrows for several weeks. Passers-by get to see the imagination and talent of area businesses, organizations and politicians. Every year I am impressed by the quality and creativity of these yearly “guests.” However, this year I was totally floored!
My husband, John, and I created a scarecrow representing Operation Christmas child. This is a Samaritan’s Purse project which asks people to fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and personal hygiene products. These “shoeboxes” are sent all over the world to children who literally have nothing. Our scarecrow depicted two young Chinese children receiving shoeboxes. We included oversized crayons, sunglasses, a football, doll, etc. in our display to emphasize items which could be placed inside boxes.

When my husband and I went to remove the scarecrow, we were amazed and delighted to discover not one thing had been disturbed. Every toy, every piece of candy, every single item was still there and was intact after several weeks.

This observation is a testament to our town and particularly to our youth. I cannot think of any community anywhere in this country where you could put 20 toys on the square and they would still be there a month later.

Belinda Mach
Carrollton, OH

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