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Shoe boxes of love on their way south

Thanksgiving is a time of reflecting on our blessings and how thankful we are for them. We live in a country with freedom, opportunity and abundance.

But for millions of children around the world, that is not the case.

Operation Christmas Child reaches out to these needy children with gift boxes packed by others more fortunate. Even in Pagosa Springs, children and adults have the chance to change the lives of children far away through the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party.

On Nov. 19, many hearts were touched at the fourth annual shoe box packing party. About 100 kids, volunteers and parents experienced the true joy of giving as they selected toys, school supplies and hygiene items for their shoe boxes at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship. Even the helpers shed a few tears of joy as they watched tender moments of the children filling boxes, writing personal letters and praying over their very special boxes. The 136 shoe boxes filled during the event are now on their way to Mexico and Haiti, and will bless 136 little lives. When the children receive the boxes, they will also be given a copy of “The Greatest Gift of All” booklet, which explains the story of Christ and salvation through Him.

Much appreciated donations from churches, local businesses, and individuals made the whole event possible. Many thanks to CrossRoad Christian Fellowship, Pagosa Bible Church, Grace in Pagosa, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Restoration Fellowship, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Centerpoint Church, Pagosa Pics, Walmart, Dr. Gerlinde Ehni, Dr. William Thornell, Dr. King Campbell, Sonic, Diane Kleinman and many volunteer workers.

Besides the shoe boxes packed at the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party, hundreds of other folks in town and the surrounding area gave their time, money and love to fill 650 more shoe boxes, making a total of 786 shoe boxes collected at the Pagosa Springs Relay Center.

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