This year the Samaritan’s Purse has been running Operation Christmas Child for 20 years.
In 2009 over 170,000 shoeboxes were distributed to children in Serbia. To Azerbaijan and Kenya there were 14,000 – those are just the smallest and the biggest distributions on the sheet.
Since 1990, 81 MILLION shoe boxes have been distributed across the world – how crazy is that!
So when you start to complain about that present you got that you don’t really like remember those who didn’t get anything. Who woke up to Christmas day and it was just like every other day. Then remember those kids, the ones who have been given a shoe box, and although it’s only got a few bits and pieces in it, it makes a difference.
I packed a box and there was a pair of gloves, a scarf and a woolie hat. A little dolly, some pencils and a little notepad. There was a small toy in there as well. That’s going to a little girl between 5 and 8 years old (I think!)
I have some pictures of my church organising their shoe boxes but I’m not sure which ones I can post at the moment so bare with.