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So What's with the Little Yellow Barrels?

When BGMC began in 1949, the supplies purchased with BGMC funds were packed into large, water-tight barrels. The barrels were put on ships and taken overseas to the missionaries. This is how Buddy Barrel became the mascot for BGMC. The first Buddy Barrels were wooden. Kids put their BGMC offerings into the little wooden barrels, knowing they were helping to buy supplies for missionaries.

Today, supplies are packed in boxes and flown by airplane, but Buddy Barrel remains the familiar icon for BGMC. Buddy has gone through several face-lifts over the years (see below), until he became the plastic yellow barrel you see today.

The History of the BGMC Barrel

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This information is available in the booklet How to Start BGMC