How Samaritan’s Purse is helping children in need around the world this holiday season: Cissie Graham Lynch
‘Operation Christmas Child’ is sending boxes of toys, school supplies to children in need, providing medical aid to Afghan refugees
Anyone can help other people in need this fall as we look ahead to the holiday season. And as people all over the world prepare to make or buy gifts for precious loved ones, Samaritan's Purse, the evangelical Christian humanitarian aid group, is anticipating an extraordinary marker of generosity toward other human beings this year.
It will collect and distribute its 200 millionth Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift this year.
That significant shoebox gift will be given out by a former shoebox recipient herself — Elizabeth Groff — who as a child years ago received a shoebox gift in Ukraine when she was just 11 years old and living in an orphanage.
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Now 28 years old, Groff will deliver the 200 millionth shoebox to a Ukrainian child next month, at a specific location yet to be determined.
Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan's Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told Fox News Digital in an email that he and his organizations first provided presents "for children in need during the Bosnian War in 1993."
He said that Operation Christmas Child that year "collected about 11,000 shoeboxes."
Fast forward now to 2022, with vast operations since that time year after year, without fail — "and this year we are preparing to collect our 200 millionth shoebox," he said.
Rev. Graham also told Fox News Digital, "We couldn’t do this project without the churches and the tens of thousands of incredible volunteers who are involved across the country and around the world."
He said as well, "We are amazed by what God has done — and we thank Him for using these simple shoebox gifts to bless children and tell them that He loves and cares for them."
A Christmas miracle
"We can all be part of changing a child’s life simply by packing a shoebox full of fun, quality gifts," Elizabeth Groff told Fox News Digital in an emailed comment, noting in particular her amazing connection to these acts of generosity and thoughtfulness.