Age Is No Obstacle for Shoebox Packing

November 18, 2023 • United States
Leila Mae Cummings loves to pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

A nonagenarian from North Carolina stays busy by filling Operation Christmas Child gifts for children in need.

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Leila Mae Cummings’ favorite activity is to pack Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. This 98-year-old resident of Greensboro, North Carolina, packed hundreds of them this year because she has a heart for children and hard work.

“Growing up on the farm, I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t have a job to do,” said Cummings, citing her childhood chores of carrying in wood and feeding the chickens.

Today, she applies that philosophy to life as a whole.

“I want to serve the Lord and do right. The secret of living is to keep busy.” She prays, “Lord, let me work up until the time I go.”

View more of Cummings’ story in the video above.

Cummings hopes her efforts this year will inspire others to pack a shoebox.

Operation Christmas Child Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls in more than 100 countries each year. Many of these children have never before received a present or heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open a gift-filled shoebox from a person like you. Some people are not able to give the $10 per shoebox we request for shipping and related costs. By adopting a shoebox, you can partner with them to deliver the Gospel and help "bring salvation to the ends of the earth" (Acts 13:47, ESV).

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Adopt a Shoebox: $10 | Adopt a Carton of 15 Boxes: $150