Operation Christmas Child kick-off event

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Anyone is welcome to attend an informational meeting Saturday, Sept. 21 to learn more about the mission.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s almost that time of year where people around the country pack shoeboxes to help kids in need. It’s called Operation Christmas Child and it’s a project through Samaritan’s Purse.

“Operation Christmas Child wants to demonstrate God’s love for children in need all around the world,” said Clint Fields.

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Fields says they do this through packing parties where volunteers gather to fill shoeboxes with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and a personalized letter. Volunteers then ship those boxes to more than 100 countries around the world.

Jaki Steward received one of those boxes when she was a little girl living in an orphanage in Guatemala.

“Growing up in this home we never had anything to call ours. But the day we received our shoebox, I realized that whatever this box contained, whatever this gift was, it was just mine,” said Steward.



Steward says that love from a stranger changed her life.

“Before the shoebox I had to share one toothbrush with 10 other girls,” said Steward.

Steward now travels as a spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child, sharing the impact that one shoebox had on her.

Anyone is welcome to attend an informational meeting Saturday, Sept. 21 to learn more about the mission.

Organizers say they’ll be in Lexington at the Anchor Baptist Church located at 3601 Winthrop Drive at 6 p.m. as well as the Cynthiana Baptist Church at 212 E. Pleasant Street at 2 p.m.

Fields says they plan to hold packing parties later this year to actually stuff the shoeboxes and will need plenty of volunteers.