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By Nancy Burke
Special to The SUN
Joy, laughter and prayer filled the Fellowship Hall at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship on Saturday, Nov. 17, as children, teens and adults filled 150 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
It was delightful to see all ages working together to bring the “good news” of God’s love to children around the world. For the past two months, locals have also been filling shoe boxes at homes and churches.
This year, the international goal of sending the 100 millionth shoe box for Operation Christmas Child was met. This was partly because of many giving churches, individuals, kids and the Shoe Box Packing Party. Pagosa’s 804 boxes will be processed in Denver and will travel to Mexico, Haiti and/or the Philippines. Soon these boxes with precious school supplies, toys, clothes, toiletries and possibly a letter and photo, will be on their way with lots of love from those who packed the shoe boxes.
Many faithful volunteers made Operation Christmas Child a success this year by promoting OCC around town and in churches, helping during Collection Week and at the Shoe Box Packing Part, and transporting the shoe boxes to the Collection Center in Durango. Heartfelt thanks go out to the following churches, individuals and businesses for their generous donations to this worldwide project: CrossRoad Christian Fellowship, Centerpoint Church, Grace in Pagosa, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Restoration Fellowship, Mastercorp, Dr. William Thornell, Dr. Gerlinde Ehni and Diane Kleinman.
We hope you will be part of Operation Christmas Child next year. To find out more, go to www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC. Many short videos will show you the “Power of a Simple Gift!” You can even fill a shoe box online; it’s not too late.