~Shared by T. Compton
Nothing beats a favorite pair of slippers, that "ahhhhh" feeling of weary feet sliding into memory foam following a hard day's work. Paints a satisfying picture, right?
Now picture a rough, rock-strewn road and a weary child walking miles to attend school or fetch clean water for his or her family, tired feet encased in worn sandals with holes in the soles that offer little or no protection. Or worse yet, no shoes at all.
That's the true story I heard of a child in an impoverished country, asking his mom once again for a new pair of sandals. The old were worn out, you see, and stones were poking through the soles as he walked. Why couldn't they get new shoes? His mom, aching for a need that she had no money to meet, assured him she was praying every day for an answer.
That answer came in the form of a gift-filled shoebox from Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Run by Samaritan's Purse, OCC spreads joy to kids around the world, those living in third-world countries, war-torn areas and towns wracked by disease or natural disaster. They send gift-filled shoeboxes to young chldren -- from babies to teenagers -- filled with things we might take for granted, like pens or pencils, crayons allowing them to paint thier imaginations on paper, a simple bar of soap and a washcloth to clean off the dust of the day, or a small toy or stuffed animals to cuddle with in the dark. It doesn't cost a lot -- just your heart.
Your gift filled shoebox may be just what that child needs. That's what happened in the above true story. That little boy's box held a simple pair of flip-flops --something that costs mere dollars -- but was priceless to a child in need.
This is Woodloch's second year in helping out the worthy cause. Last year, more than 30 boxes and monetary donations were collected. What if that could triple this year? What if everyone brought something: a few dollars here, a pack of pencils there, a pack of markers or washcloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste, or like new stuffed animals from childhood that could use a new home. It doesn't have to cost a lot, but what a difference it could make. It's a chance to change a life. Will you take it?
Please drop off all donations in the Reservations Department at Woodloch Pines Resort. To learn more, please visit SamaritansPurse.org. Checks may be made Payable to Samaritans Purse with Operation Christmas Child in the memo section.
P.S. OCC is unable to accept any form of liquids such as shampoo, lotion, bubble stuff, etc. They also ask that no war-related toys such as tanks or toy soldiers be placed in the boxes.