Stories About the Children

7 Ways to Give on Giving Tuesday

1. Children with Disabilities In many places around the world, boys and girls with crippling disabilities live as outcasts, unable to get the care they need. In countries like Iraq, Vietnam, and Kenya, Samaritan’s Purse is helping disabled children by providing crutches, wheelchairs, physical therapy, and special education. Your gift of $250 can help give [&hellip

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Texas Teen Crochets for Girls Around the World

During National Collection Week two years ago, Alathia Purtell formed what even she thought was an impossible dream—to produce 2,000 crocheted purses for Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. Alathia, then 12, was visiting her maternal grandparents in Canton, Texas, when she went with her grandmother Sue to her church’s shoebox drop-off location. There, Alathia saw [&hellip

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After Yutu’s Brutal Punch, Samaritan’s Purse Distributes Relief to Islanders

The Pacific island of Saipan has always been plagued by powerful storms but Typhoon Yutu packed more force than almost anyone expected. “It was like the end of the world for me and my family,” resident Marie Cris said of the late October typhoon. “The walls are concrete but you could feel the walls shake [&hellip

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Local Christians Use Shoebox Gifts to Help Plant Churches in Remote Mongolia

Highways leading out of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city, continue east for many miles as far as the city of Chinggis. From there, the roads diminish to mere gravel paths that stretch across the vast pasturelands of Khenti Province. It’s from Chinggis, where transportation begins to get more difficult, that six churches are praying—paving the way—for [&hellip

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Build a Shoebox with Uncle Si

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Young Artist’s Prayers Answered Through Gifts in a Shoebox

Mariya Snizhko dreamed of becoming an artist even as she grew up in a Christian home in Ukraine. Art was a way for her to express herself and escape the various challenges in her life, which included being bullied at school. Her parents couldn’t afford basic art supplies, so Mariya prayed that God would provide [&hellip

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Good News and Great Joy Delivered—by Shoebox—to a Teen in Mongolia

When Dariya, 13, of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift in February, it interrupted her life with joy. ‘They Told Us About Jesus’ Dariya lives in an apartment in the Mongolian capital with her grandmother, Bebe Bakhpit, and 10-year-old cousin, Hannah. Her parents are divorced, and her mother works in South Korea—often [&hellip

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World War II Veteran Sews Hundreds of Quilts for Children’s Shoebox Gifts

Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Theron Jennings, 98, lives alone in a Savoy, Illinois, apartment where he sews quilts for children around the world. Since 2014, he has handmade more than 400 of these blankets, completing 160 in just the last year. Each one is lovingly packed into a shoebox gift with other toys and [&hellip

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Shoeboxes Open Doors for the Gospel in South Asia

Intent on planting a church, Raja Asirvatham and his wife Ramya Rajarathinam moved to an area of South Asia with no known Christians. For three years they labored with little visible response from the people—until they delivered Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. These tangible expressions of God’s love proved to be a building block for [&hellip

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Veterans Day 2018: Operation Heal Our Patriots Refreshes Military Couples

When Army Sergeant Larry Kaibetoney and his wife Chani touched down at Samaritan Lodge Alaska this summer, it was the first time either of them had been welcomed by an American flag-waving crowd. “When we landed and there were all these people here who came out to meet us, I felt energized. I felt welcome. [&hellip

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