The box is often the only gift that a child will get in an underdevelopped country. The joy that appears on the child's face when she opens the box makes it all worthwhile. “She was shy at first but then her face lights up as she starts taking things out and she realizes that everything in the box is just for her. It wasn’t stuff that she had to share with her family,” said Kathy Mizen, the Windsor regional director who had the opportunity to deliver a box to a 10 year old girl from Uruguay.
Back in Brantford, Rob and I started filling a Christmas box for a boy when Thomas was a baby; then when Jacqueline arrived, we added one for a girl as well. Now our kids fill the boxes and it is a great chance for them to think about children who have a lot less than them.
Our church lobby is empty once again. The red and green boxes are on their way south of the equator. What a great way to bring joy to children at Christmas time!
As a footnote, singer Matthew West has written a great song called "Give this Christmas Away" and performed it with Amy Grant, all about Operation Christmas Child. It is available on Veggietales' "The Story of St. Nicholas" or you can listen to it on YouTube.
Note: As of 2014, Samaritan's Purse has given away over 100 million Christmas boxes. Last year, Canadians donated 667,000 boxes.
Here is the link to Matthew West's song "Give This Christmas Away":
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