Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

December 29, 2014 • Haiti

Children at the Greta Home and Academy received Christmas gifts from Fox News host Greta Van Susteren

Franklin Graham joined Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, on Monday to distribute Christmas gifts to children at the Greta Home and Academy. The facility was constructed by Samaritan’s Purse following Haiti’s devastating January 2010 earthquake and named after Van Susteren because of her advocacy on behalf of the people of Haiti.

The Christmas gifts for the children were donated by Van Susteren. Samaritan’s Purse staff members shopped for the gifts and wrapped them in Haiti once they cleared customs.

After the festivities in Haiti, Van Susteren and Graham continued on to Ecuador to distribute Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in impoverished communities. Many of the children live at the city dump; some face abandonment and abuse. The gifts gave hope to the children and provided our partners in Ecuador with a chance to share the Gospel with these children.

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Van Susteren has hosted Fox New Channel’s “On the Record” since 2002, which is the highest-rated cable news program in its time slot. She has accompanied Graham on several trips and has reported on Samaritan’s Purse work in North Korea, Northern Iraq, South Sudan, Haiti, and Alaska.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

Lorvens excitedly opens his gift from Van Susteren. Without her generosity, these children likely wouldn’t receive gifts for Christmas.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

At the celebration, Franklin explained to the children why we celebrate Christmas. He shared a message about the greatest gift we will ever receive–God sending His son, Jesus, for us. He then helped distribute stocking, including this one to Peňado.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

The children at the Greta Home made cards and gifts for Greta, John, and Franklin. Here, Greta holds a drawing made for her by one of the children.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

The staff at the Greta Home also received gifts from Greta. Here, Greta gives a gift to Maguelie, a child caretaker.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

At the Greta Home, the children call Greta Mama Greta. Here, Duckens receives his Christmas stocking.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

The children at the Greta Home call John Coale Papa John. Here he gives a gift to Yvena. Kathiana (left) also received a stocking.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

Fritzson (left) and Clervens (right) both received stockings from Franklin.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

(From left to right) Mirlandat, Alejandro, Berthony, Gerneson, Richnay, and Cleveens hold the stockings given to them by Greta.

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

Mama Greta opened gifts with several of the children, including Dave (pictured here).

Celebrating Christmas with Greta Home Children

(From left to right) Litcheva, Israel, and Dave open gifts with Mama Greta.

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

These clowns performed for the children before they opened gifts. Through their performance, they shared the Gospel with more than 300 children at one of the Guayaquil city dumps.

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

Franklin Graham shared a message about God’s love with the children before they opened their gifts. He explained that families around the U.S. packed the gifts specially for each child.

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

Greta participating in handing out gifts to the children at the city dump.

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

The children hugged Greta and Franklin as they received their gifts.

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

These children live in the dump where they’re pictured. Their families are impoverished, so it’s likely that these are the only gifts they received for Christmas.

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

Celebrating Christmas in Haiti and Ecuador

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