Saturday, December 7, 2013
I'm not surprised that Governor Palin has a heart for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child. Anyone who has ever participated cannot help but fall in love with the mission to bring Christmas gifts to children who have next to nothing. I, too, absolutely love shopping for the children, packing those boxes, and being a part of bringing a smile to the faces of boys and girls. I've seen video footage of those precious little ones opening those boxes. They are never looking for something more--or something else. They're just so appreciative of every little toy or brush or coloring book. God bless this invaluable ministry.
Here's what Governor Palin posted on Facebook after spending time with Samaritan's Purse yesterday:
Today we had the honor of meeting Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the processing center in Charlotte, NC. I was blown away with the energy and joy there!
My family was blessed a few years ago to participate in this mission in Haiti with Rev. Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale. It was heartwarming to see children’s faces light up when given a Christmas gift box packed with love! It's a tangible way to show kids they matter and they're loved.
Operation Christmas Child relies on volunteers; and today we met many of these hard workers who make the program possible. There are about 75,000 volunteers serving in a three-week timeframe at processing centers across the nation. That’s more than 395,000 volunteer hours! The Charlotte processing center alone has 28,000 selfless workers packing more than 2 million gift boxes. This year’s collection goal is 7.2 million gift boxes domestically and 9.8 million worldwide. Without these volunteers none of it would be possible! Their great efforts ensure gift boxes reach children all over the world, and more importantly, they send the love of Christ, reminding all that Jesus is the reason for the season. It's the true Christmas spirit in action!
Here's more on Samaritan’s Purse: