Just a few days before this Columbus Area man died, he shared gifts to over 500 children. Terry Kiney has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and this had affected his mobility. It took this Columbus Area man about six weeks to pack 500 shoeboxes that contained toys, school supplies, and hygiene items.
82-year-old Kiney and his wife, Eleanor, had been volunteers at the Samaritan’s Purse project in Florida. When Eleanor died in May Kiney still continued the tradition while living with his daughter, Sarah Fary.
Kiney’s daughter did the shopping, however, Kiney paid for the items and packed them. Sarah delivered the gifts in a rented truck to Lakewood Baptist Church in Phenix City, the Chattahoochee Valley’s central collection center for Operation Christmas Child.
Three days after Kiney did this, he died at home in hospice care.
God knew when he would call my dad home. At the same time, it does sort of feel like, from an earthly perspective, my dad had a goal, and he met his goal. … That was enough for him.Sarah
Sarah has plans to keep the tradition alive. This is what her parents did throughout their lives and she feels it is best to keep doing this even when they are gone.
I feel like I have a legacy and a heritage that my parents have given to me and now my adult children have seen.Sarah