Olive Branch UMC filled 300+ Christmas mugs with useful items and gave them to senior citizens


More than 300 Christmas mug gifts are prepared by Olive Branch United Methodist Church. (Submitted Photo)

By Tammy Wimberly, Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Como, TN
The congregation of Olive Branch United Methodist Church in Como, Tennessee, collects Christmas coffee mugs year-round for a special ministry every December. 
We collect 300+ mugs each year and fill them with items senior citizens can use: lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, fingernail clippers, candy, gloves, socks, shampoo, fingernail files, razors, pens, tissue, lip balm and dental floss. 
The mugs are then wrapped, tied with a ribbon and delivered to Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM).This year’s delivery was made in November. 
RRM then distributes the mugs to senior citizens. For some it is the only gift they receive during the Christmas season.
The Cottage Grove Charge in the Tennessee River District (Cottage Grove, Olive Branch and Johnson's Chapel United Methodist Churches) also recently delivered $1700 to the RRM feeding ministry, along with seven bags of new toys and 35 teddy bears to the RRM Christmas Toy Store and 60 boxes of clothes and four boxes of blankets to the RRM Thrift Store.
This ministry was started due to one of our members, John Starkey, being raised near RRM in northwest Tennessee and knowing the need and struggles of the area. John passed away several years ago. His wife Betty has kept the ministry going in his memory.
God still does great things with small armies of people.