Second annual Harvest of Love a success

 Parents were given a wonderful opportunity to help their children learn about giving to others at the second annual Harvest of Love for the Children. 

Kids from all over Pagosa arrived at the Power House to learn about Operation Christmas Child (OCC), the world’s largest children’s Christmas Project, and fill shoe boxes with gifts of love.  One hundred boxes were filled during the night. We were pleased to have the OCC five-state regional director from the Denver Processing Center on site to observe this event. Currently there is no other community putting on an event for Operation Christmas Child quite like this.

 To help kids understand how they can make a difference in the world, the children watched a short DVD about Operation Christmas Child while munching on pizza.  Then, it was off to the gym to play 12 different international kids games, organized by local churches, the 4-H and the Boy Scouts. The prizes won were items to fill the boxes ... everything from toothpaste, to crayons, to Beanie Babies.  Each gift box also included a letter filled in by the child, and a picture taken by local photographer, Jeff Laydon. The atmosphere of giving to others was not only evident in the 70-plus volunteers, but the children attending as well.

Operation Christmas Child boxes from the Harvest of Love for the Children will work their way to the Denver Processing Center right after National Collection Week, Nov. 17-23. Boxes will most likely head south to Mexico by the first part of December. 

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a needy child, consider packing a shoe box with your family.  A regular-sized shoe box (no boot boxes please) or plastic Sterilite shoe box, available at Alco, can be used.  Boxes should be taken to Mountain Height Baptist Church during collection week or dropped off at your local church.  For more information call Nancy Burke at 731-5901.

Our kids in Pagosa will definitely make a difference in the lives of other children around the world. It was very evident that everyone involved was blessed by this unique event.