FOR MANY, Christmas is the most joyous time of year. Unfortunately, for those down on their luck, it is anything but.
All too many children don't get to share the good times due to financial issues in their families.
Operation Christmas Child is an endeavor which makes Christmas much merrier for countless of youths. Operation Christmas Child has local roots whose generosity is felt worldwide.
Operation Christmas Child volunteers are providing a gift-filled shoebox for Christmas. It is a program that was started in 1993 by Samaritan's Purse, a charitable Christian organization that also helps with disaster relief services around the world.
This year's undertaking met with amazing results, thanks to the never-ending generosity of Ohio Valley residents.
Operation Christmas Child packs shoe boxes filled with gifts such as toys, school supplies, hygiene products, and clothes. School supplies are included because they can be expensive and hard to obtain in poverty-stricken nations.
This holiday season, the Ohio Valley managed to collect more than 5,200 shoeboxes which will be sent to Boone, N.C. At that point, Samaritan's Purse will add a small booklet about the story of Jesus Christ (in the child's native language) to every shoebox and package them for international shipping. At least 200,000 of the shoeboxes collected nationwide will be shipped to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The Ohio Valley has once again has stepped up to help those in need. That is not surprising as such humanitarian efforts have played out in impressive fashion so many times in year's past.
We salute the Warwood-based Operation Christmas Child volunteers and all those who contributed to the cause, as Christmas will be much merrier to thousands of children in need.