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Change the world with a shoe box

By Nancy Burke
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Nancy Burke Operation Christmas Child has delivered over 100 million shoe boxes of joy, hope and necessities to children in approximately 100 countries each year. During the week of Nov. 18-24, Pagosa Springs and other communities across the nation and the world will collect filled shoe boxes at Relay Centers. The Relay Center in Pagosa Springs will be located at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship at 1044 Park Ave.

Photo courtesy Nancy Burke
Operation Christmas Child has delivered over 100 million shoe boxes of joy, hope and necessities to children in approximately 100 countries each year. During the week of Nov. 18-24, Pagosa Springs and other communities across the nation and the world will collect filled shoe boxes at Relay Centers. The Relay Center in Pagosa Springs will be located at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship at 1044 Park Ave.

How blessed we are to live in an incredible place like Pagosa Springs. We have beauty all around us, a pleasant climate, plenty of recreational opportunities, food on the table, schools for pursuing higher learning, and hope for our future.

Many children in the world do not have any of those opportunities.

You can make a difference in the life of one child or many more this fall. Operation Christmas Child started in 1993 when Samaritan’s Purse delivered shoe boxes full of gifts to children in war-torn Bosnia. Since then, OCC has delivered over 100 million shoe boxes of joy, hope and necessities to children in approximately 100 countries each year.

It’s very easy and fun for you to be part of this worldwide mission to reach children in a tangible way with the good news of God’s love.

During the week of Nov. 18-24, Pagosa Springs and other communities across the nation and the world will be collecting the filled shoe boxes at local Relay Centers. The Relay Center in Pagosa Springs will be located at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship at 1044 Park Ave.

Shoe boxes can be filled with school supplies such as paper, pencils, sharpeners, and crayons; stuffed animals; a ball or small game such as Jacks; a jump rope; a shirt or shoes, hygiene items like soap and a washcloth (no shampoos or lotions); a personal note and, perhaps, a picture of you.

When the child receives your box through Samaritan’s Purse, the message will be one of love, joy and hope for the child.

By mid-October, churches in the area will have a limited supply of complimentary red and green cardboard shoe boxes as well as informational brochures on Operation Christmas Child. You can also pick up brochures around town at local businesses.

Won’t you consider changing the life of a hurting child this year? It’s as easy as filling a shoe box!

For more information go to www.samaritanspurse.org and click on “what we do,” then on “Operation Christmas Child.”

You will receive almost as much joy filling a shoe box as the child who receives it.

You can also call Nancy Burke at 731-5901 with any questions about Operation Christmas Child.

This story was posted on October 17, 2013.