Operation Christmas Child On the Record

December 10, 2014 •
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Fox News host Greta Van Susteren features the Samaritan's Purse shoebox project on her program

Greta Van Susteren featured Operation Christmas Child on her Fox News show On The Record Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, she joined Franklin Graham at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in celebrating the airlift of 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to Northern Iraq. During a segment of her show called Off the Record, Van Susteren talked about the impact the boxes will have on children who have suffered much.

Greta Van Susteren and Franklin Graham traveled to Erbil in Northern Iraq in December 2013 to see the work of Samaritan’s Purse with Syrian refugees who had fled to escape the violence in their homeland. The shoebox gifts loaded yesterday will be delivered to Iraqi children seeking refuge there after being displaced within their own country by ISIS.

Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren check out the cockpit of the 747 cargo jet flying shoeboxes to Northern Iraq.

Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren check out the cockpit of the 747 cargo jet flying shoeboxes to Northern Iraq.

“When these kids get these gifts it will change their lives,” said Van Susteren, who has handed out shoeboxes in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. “I only wish I could distribute them and see those kids get them.”

The shoeboxes being airlifted to Iraq are part of the around 10 million collected this year that will be delivered to children in 120 countries.

“Many children live in poverty and have never received a Christmas gift but with the incredible generosity and big hearts of so many, they will,” Van Susteren said.

After Greta Van Susteren featured the Samaritan’s Purse program, Franklin Graham appeared on The Kelly File with host Megyn Kelly to discuss how American society is waging war on Christmas, and how Samaritan’s Purse is countering that by proclaiming the birth of Jesus Christ through Operation Christmas Child.

Van Susteren has accompanied Graham on several trips, including to deliver shoebox gifts to children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She has been an advocate of Samaritan’s Purse on her program and on her blog. She has reported on our work in northern Iraq, North Korea, South Sudan, Haiti, and Alaska.

Greta Van Susteren interviews two young shoebox packers at the airlift.

Greta Van Susteren interviews two young shoebox packers at the airlift.

Because of her reporting on behalf of the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake in December 2010, the Greta Home and Academy, an orphanage constructed and supported by Samaritan’s Purse, is named in her honor.

Van Susteren is one of America’s most influential news commentators. Since 2002, she has hosted “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel, which airs at 7 p.m. Eastern Monday-Friday and is the highest-rated cable news program in its time slot. She is an accomplished attorney, journalist, and photojournalist.

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