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Operation Christmas Child

Augusta-area residents collected 15,066 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year, the organization announced.

Those who missed the November deadline for Samaritan’s Purse’s international gift-giving campaign can still assemble boxes online through Operation Christmas Child’s Build-A-Box program.

See samaritanspurse.org for more information.

Christmas on Breezy Hill

The 14th annual Christmas on Breezy Hill starts Wednesday in Graniteville.

The four-day event runs through Dec. 10, and starts at 6:30 p.m. nightly. It features lights, walking trails, refreshments and a hayride.

Breezy Hill Baptist Church is at 612 Ascauga Lake Road in Graniteville. Call (803) 663-7037 or see breezyhillbaptist.org for more information.

Prelude to Christmas

The Augusta Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints kicks off the season with A Prelude to Christmas, featuring all 12 Latter-day Saints congregations in the area.

The performance features both sacred and secular solo and choral music, complete with a live jazz band and orchestral instruments. The event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the church, 835 N. Belair Road.

Lessons and Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols, presented by the Masterworks Chorale at St. John’s United Methodist Church, begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 104 Newberry St. NW, Aiken.

The format is a Christian worship service that celebrates the birth of Jesus through the telling of nine short Bible readings, interspersed with Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

Admission is free, but an offering will be taken for Helping Hands Inc., a United Way agency that helps abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Carolina.

Service of remembrance

The Longest Night: A Service of Remembrance and Hope will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 3321 Wheeler Road.

The service includes songs, prayer and remembrance, especially for those dealing with loss or grief. For more information, call the church at (706) 738-6676.

Christmas hayride

A hayride through the life of Christ, presented by Sharon Baptist Church, will be held Thursday through Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road, Grovetown.

Dress for an outdoor ride. The free event includes hot chocolate. Call (706) 541-1532 for more information.

Christmas concert

The Columbia County Choral Society presents A Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 N. Belair Road.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, active-duty military and dependents, and groups. Call (762) 233-7793 or see ccchoralsociety.org for tickets or more information.

Angel Tree assistance

Salvation Army of Augusta is offering two additional days for those in need of Angel Tree Christmas Assistance.

On Wednesday and Thursday, those who have experienced financial hardship since the previous application period in November may be eligible for Christmas assistance.

The program services local children ages 12 and younger.

To apply, visit The Salvation Army of Augusta’s First Stop Center at 1765 Broad St. on either day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Childcare is not available.

Picture identification; birth certificates; Social Security cards; income verification, such as pay stubs or unemployment verification; and expense verification, including bills and rent or mortgage paperwork, are required.

Call (706) 922-8330 for more information.

Benefit concert

A gospel concert benefiting the Augusta Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at World Outreach Evangelistic Church, 3521 Jack Kelly Road.

The program, presented by Fa Sho Entertainment, features Lowell Pye, from Men of Standard; Rodney Raines and the Emmanuel Fellowship Chorale from Charlotte, N.C.; Claude Deuce; Muncie Mckie of the Swanee Quintet; The Passmore Sisters; Greg Carswell and V.I.P.; Marcus Dawson; Shaudy P; and Contrell Jones.

Call (706) 394-4626 for more information.

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