Operation Christmas Child

Orphan remembers own shoe box of hope

Posted: September 30, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Courtesy photo When Elizabeth Henry was 10, she lived in an orphanage in the Ukraine. She received a box of gifts from Operation Christmas child, a program of Samaritan’s Purse. Inside that box was a yo-yo, like this one, that gave that orphan hope and love.

It all started with a yo-yo and a box full of hope.

Fast Facts

• Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Samaritan’s Purse currently works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

• In 2017, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoe box gifts to reach another 12 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. The goal for Northwest Arkansas is 20,000 shoe boxes.

• Anyone can pack a shoe box. Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoe boxes with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls.

• Boxes will be collected Nov. 13-20 at designated locations. Locations can be located by zip code on the Samaritan’s Purse website in October.

• The website also tells how to pack a shoe box, offers lists of gift suggestions.

• For $9, donors can choose to receive tracking information as to where their box is delivered. More information can be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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