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Operation Christmas Child

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9:02 am

Fill a shoebox with toys to change a life.

Irina Creek visited the First Baptist Christian Academy in Troy several weeks ago to share a story of how one shoebox gave her hope that changed her life.

The shoebox she received was from the Operation Christmas Child project known as Shoebox Ministry.

This program collects donated shoeboxes full of gifts to give to children in poverty overseas. Creek received hers when she was in an orphanage in the former Soviet Union before she was adopted by a new family in the United States.

“The shoebox gift was a powerful reminder that God loved me, and I was not forgotten,” Creek said. She is just one example of the far-reaching effects of a small act of kindness.

Lincoln County residents can drop off thier own shoebox donations of toys for children in need. On Nov. 12-–19, St. Stephen United Methodist Church will serve as a drop-off location for shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

“We have an opportunity to make a life-changing impact on children across the world,” said volunteer Judy Hill, who serves as the drop-off team leader at St. Stephen United Methodist Church. “These simple shoebox gifts remind children that God loves them, and they are not forgotten.”

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