The Operation Christmas Child organization held a meeting Saturday at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Bridgeport.
The organization makes shoe boxes filled with assorted goodies for kids in other countries who are in need. Each shoe box is uniquely assembled with love and prayer for one special youngster.
"They're so anxious to open their shoe boxes and so happy. But I heard something different, so I turned to the pasture and asked what is happening here. And he said, this is the first gift these children have ever received," said Todd Edwards, the Great Lakes Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child.
The items range from toys, candy, hygienic items and so much more.
One woman involved in the cause spoke from her personal experience of receiving a shoe box as an orphan in Romania, and now delivering gifts to kids just like herself.
"It was so neat to hear for the first time words of love, it was like a new vocabulary word for me. And it was so hard to let it sink into my heart and literally adapt to it and understand that, yes I am loved. Someone does care for me," said Livia Satterfield, who once received a shoe box as a young girl in Romania, and now her life has come full circle.
The numerous speakers told stories of how touching being involved in Operation Christmas Child has been, and how many things in everyday life we really take for granted.
Anyone can get involved and create a shoe box for the cause. There will also be a motorcycle ride on October 12th starting at the church to benefit the organization.
For for information on ways to help the cause, visit www.amaritanspurse.org/QR or call (800)353-5949