Back in August 2019, HDI asked our supporters to help us buy supplies for putting together boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of an international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. The purpose of the project is to give shoe boxes (or other small, similarly-sized boxes) which donors have packed full of goodies, hygiene items, and school supplies, and distribute them to children all over the world. The children served out of the states are “affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease”; they also serve children in the states who live on Native American reservations.

HDI decided to make boxes because we believe in cultivating a culture of life, which includes not only defending preborn humans and helping their mothers and families, but also giving aid and resources to children who are already born. All human lives matter, preborn and born!

Our goal was to make 30 boxes, 15 for girls and 15 for boys in the 5-9 years old age group. We provided the boxes and combs and asked our followers to buy other fun and practical items from a registry so we could fill the boxes, and promised to keep you updated on the outcome. Our registry was completed and we actually exceeded our goal!

With your help, we were able to fill and drop off 37 shoe boxes!

Overall, Operation Christmas Child was able to distribute over ten million shoe boxes in 2019, which is a whopping two million more than in 2018.

Thank you for making this project possible. Because of you, 37 children around the world were able to experience a gift on or around Christmas they otherwise would not have been able to enjoy.

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