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Travis shares impact of Operation Christmas Child (Sept. 28)

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WHO: Luba Travis will share how the Operation Christmas Child shoe box was the first gift she ever received. Growing up in Moldova, Travis daily battled starvation and living in extreme poverty. Her life took a turn at the age of 7, the moment she opened a shoe box gift. She now is speaking with Operation Christmas Child, telling her story as an example of a life changed by one simple gift.

WHAT: Hilo kids, families and volunteers host a celebration event to kick-off the 2011 Operation Christmas Child season in which they aim to collect 3,000 shoe box gifts. Hilo residents will learn how to impact hurting children a world away with a simple shoe box gift this holiday season.

Hilo will be the first stop for thousands of shoe boxes that local families, churches and groups will fill with toys, school supplies and necessity items. The shoe box gifts are hand-delivered to hurting children around the world using whatever means necessary.

WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

WHERE: Hilo Missionary Church, 1044 Komohana Street

For further information, call 987-7373.

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Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

Since 1993, the project has hand-delivered more than 86 million shoe box gifts to needy children in more than 130 countries.

Samaritan’s Purse uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.

By clicking on “Follow Your Box” at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, families can register their boxes and find out where in the world their boxes brought joy to children.

National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 14-21; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (714) 432-7030 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org

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