Care center residents help â�?�?box up loveâ�?�? for Christmas Residents at Sanford Care Center Vermillion will partner with volunteers from Faith Fellowship Church in Vermillion to fill at least 100 shoeboxes with gifts for children in poverty-stricken and war-torn countries around the world. This is done in cooperation with a ministry of Franklin Grahamâ�?�?s Samaritanâ�?�?s Purse organization called â�?�?Operation Christmas Child.â�? This Christian outreach ministry has been in place since 1993, when 28,000 such boxes were delivered to children in war-torn Bosnia that year. Since then, more than 61 million children from over 120 countries have received these special Christmas boxes, filled with not only much-needed and desired tangible gifts, but also with the gifts of hope and a message of love. The church volunteers joined care center residents on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. with all the supplies and shoeboxes needed for this special effort. All viewed a program that shows children receiving their â�?�?boxes of loveâ�? and then the work began. An assembly-line was set up in the dining room to fill 1,000 boxes with toys, games, socks, candies, etc. These shoeboxes were taken to one of more than 2,200 drop-off locations around the nation. From there, they go to processing centers and are then prepared for shipment overseas in time for Christmas. The care center residents and staff enjoyed participating in this special project with Faith Fellowship Church.
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