Our family is participating in Operation Christmas Child this year by collecting small gifts and toys for two children. I just watched a news segment about a girl in Texas who was adopted from Russia – she received one of those Christmas gifts ten years ago while living in an orphanage and she recently shared the impact receiving the shoebox had on her.
“I remember we were all in this big room we all got our box and we just sat down. We were just so excited,” said Oksana. “We opened the lid and we started sharing everything and then we finally realized it was our own and we didn’t have to share. That was a huge blessing. I’ll never forget that day. What was really special was the picture. There were two pictures of the kids that packed it. That was extremely special because those were people that cared about someone like me. They didn’t know me, I didn’t know them, but they cared.” – Oksana Nelson on KLTV 7
You can watch the full report on KLTV 7’s website. If you want to participate in this year’s Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse, the boxes will be collected at local churches and distribution sites next week (November 17-24). All of the information about the boxes is available on the Samaritan’s Purse website. Last year, more than seven million boxes were distributed in 100+ countries. I can only imagine the impact those gifts had on so many children’s lives.