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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Carpenter's Creek Pacifica Senior Living Center)

Updated: Monday, November 25 2013, 07:43 PM CST

"Lord, just thank you for the opportunity to bless children around the world with the simple gift of a shoe box ."

It is a simple prayer that begins every session of Operation Christmas Child here at Carpenter's Creek Pacifica Senior Living Center.

Betty Pruner, Filling Boxes of Love;  "It's for the children overseas and we fill shoes boxes every year.  And fill them with things that people have made, people have donated."

James Brown, Giving to Operation Christmas Child;  "They're going to impoverished children in some part of the world.  And I hope, I know that they will enjoy every one of the items that are in there."

The premis of the international campaign is also simple. It is the little things in life that often bring the greatest joy.  While many of us wrestle with which of latest gadgets to buy for our children, there are children in many places who treasure the simplest things.

 Mary Nied, Filling Boxes of Hope;  "Beads, and a comb, and Kleenex."
James;  "Some are toothbrushes.  Some are toothpaste.  Some are pencils and things like that."

Mary;  "Things they can use and things they can play with."
Some boxes will have a warm knit cap or gloves, small stuffed animals or baby dolls.  These seniors will tell you they get much more than they give to Operation Christmas Child.

Mary;  "We're very proud to do this because it makes the little children really happy."

Betty;  "And feeling like we've done something that is useful."
Before they're packed up and sent off to points around the globe,  every box is topped off with love and a handwritten note.

Dear beloved Christmas child,
James;  "I'm a 94 year old great-grandfather who has also been blessed."
"It's been a joy to provided this Christmas gift show box to you.  God is good.  He's been good to me and this shoebox is his way of being good to you. "

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