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Sandy victims collect donations for children in the Philippines after typhoon

Lucy Yang reports the boxes get delivered to kids in the Philippines.
December 12, 2013 2:39:05 PM PST
Eleven-year-old Diana Barbacena still feels the devastation of Sandy. Her father remains out of work. When she saw the devastation in the Philippines, her first impulse was to give.

Sandy victims turned their year of loss into a season of giving. Last year they had nothing. This year they donated more than 60,000 boxes, enough to fill this 747 cargo plane; all of it for children in the Philippines, who lost everything in the typhoon.

This is Operation Christmas Child. You start with a shoe box and basically fill it, with practical items, as well as fun items.

Send it to Operation Christmas Child along with $7 for shipping and it will land in a child's hand at Christmas-time somewhere around the world.

"Work ends and begins today. Our people are praying for these boxes as they go around the world," says Matthew Hoskinson, Pastor at First Baptist Church.

"Many of these children never received a gift before, so you are giving them their first gift," says volunteer Donna Stephenson.

For Susan Guiffrida it's about the full cycle of giving. She lost her house in Sandy but not her compassion.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered 100 million boxes to the most impoverished villages around the world. This year, another 10 million will receive a hand packed package of joy.

For more information, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org or call 1-800-353-5949.


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