Operation Shoebox

Natural Disasters, War, Disease, Famine. How can all these needs be met? Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief program keyed to meet these critical problems and give people a chance to rebuild their lives. The program first started in 1970 and has continued it’s goal to aid hurting people since then. During Hurricane Katrina, volunteer teams responded within 48 hours to provide food, shelter and medical assistance. Although there are many different ways to participate, the Operation Shoe Box program has been my personal project. Ever since I was 5 years old I can remember my mom taking me down to the Dollar store and packing a shoe box as full as I could with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy, clothes and more. Then I would wrap the box with colorful Christmas paper and send it with hundreds of other boxes to some unknown child in another country. One time I decided to include a note and a picture of myself. Not long after Christmas I recieved a reply from a little girl named Edessa. She lived in the Philippines and had just lost her home during a flood. We became Pen-Pals after that. She would teach me words in her language and I would tell her about America. We still keep in contact and some day she plans to become a nurse and move to the United States so we can fnally meet. Its been an amazing experience and if you want to get involved you can log on to the Samaritan’s Purse website and check out our local options.

Maraming Salamat, (Thank you very much)

Shanelle Silva

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