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Operation Christmas Child delivers its 100 millionth shoebox in Ecuador

Samaritan's Purse followed the journey of its 100 millionth shoebox, wrapped and packed by children from a London school, to an eight-year old boy in Ecuador ...

Since 1990, through Operation Christmas Child, Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse has been providing gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in more than 100 countries.

To mark this achievement, the charity followed the journey of its 100 millionth shoebox, wrapped and packed by children from a London school, to an eight-year old boy in Ecuador.

The journey began last September, when Samaritan’s Purse President, Franklin Graham, helped pupils from Christ Church Primary School in Spitalfields to wrap and pack their shoeboxes.

After Franklin spoke to the pupils about the impact these gifts have to children around the world, they presented him with a gift-filled shoebox wrapped in ‘Union Flag’ wrapping paper and asked him to give it to a child who most needed it at Christmas.

Franklin later travelled to Ecuador and delivered this special gift, in person, to an eight-year old boy named Kevin in a needy part of Quito, Ecuador (right).

Kevin lives across the street from Casa Victoria, a neighbourhood after-school project run by Samaritan’s Purse.  Casa Victoria is located in one of the older, more historic homes in Quito.  When Franklin arrived and gave Kevin his shoebox from London he was "so, so happy" and was visibly grateful to the children at Christ Church Primary School.

Head of the school Sarah Mears said the children were so excited to hear that Kevin received their actual box:  “This was an excellent opportunity for the children to understand that there are children who have a lot less than them and that they can help to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

Samaritan’s Purse is asking everyone to continue to make a difference to needy children around the world and get in early to support the 2013 Operation Christmas Child campaign. Shoebox World, an interactive programme is open for individuals to wrap and pack shoebox gifts online. 

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