Area girls prepare shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is a ministry that the whole family can get involved in sharing the gospel. Walt and Sandi Moore’s granddaughter from Ponchatoula packed 22 shoeboxes when she was visiting her grandparents this summer. Olivia Moore, 12, chose an age 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14, whether a boy or girl, then filled the shoebox with school supplies, toiletries, toys, clothes, hair accessories, a stuffed animal and a “wow” item. Each child that receives the shoebox hears the gospel in a child friendly story, receives a booklet of the gospel in their own language and is invited to attend The Greatest Journey, which is 12 lessons teaching the gospel.  National Collection Week is Nov. 14-21. For more information visit or contact Brenda Ingram at 471-9415.

It is never too early to teach children about serving and giving. Miranda Heyl, 9, is the granddaughter of Bo and Sherry# Bohannon of Coushatta. She sewed the edges of a doll blanket and included it in a shoebox she packed to send to third world countries in November. Her grandparents attend church at Fairview Baptist Church and are involved in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. This ministry packs millions of shoeboxes each year to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many children this is their first gift to ever receive and the first time they have heard of God’s love. The shoeboxes are packed with school supplies, toiletries, toys, stuffed animals, clothes, shoes and a “wow” item. National Collection Week is Nov. 14-21. For more information visit or contact Susan Longino at 663-4769.

This article published in the July 30, 2022, print edition. Subscribe to the print or e-edition by calling 318-352-3618.