Operation Christmas Child, a program of Samaritan’s Purse, hopes to send 12 million gift-filled shoeboxes around the globe to children in need.
Donors in America’s hometowns fill these shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items and school supplies, culminating in national collection week Nov. 13-20.
Since its inception in 1993, these shoeboxes have touched the lives of numerous children.
Anabel grew up in the Dominican Republic, and there was never money for Christmas presents. Operation Christmas Child arrived at her church on year, and she received a shoebox filled with gifts. But a simple enclosed note meant the most to her. It read, “Hi, I am 13 years old. My name is Brittany. I hope you have fun with your gifts. God loves you!”
When she was 18, she remembered that message when her parents and older sister were killed in an automobile accident.
“I needed that message of God’s love that Brittany sent to me, little did I know how much I would need it, but he did. I believe that God always will put the right box in the right hand,” Anabel said.
Operation Christmas Child will hold an informational booth during Palmyra Canaltown Days on Sept. 16-17. Visitors will discover what goes into these shoeboxes while playing a game.
For information, visit samaritanspurse.org.