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Children in Botswana learn about God's love through shoebox gifts

For children living in Molepolole, Botswana, receiving gifts is rare, so when Anitah attended a church outreach event she wasn’t expecting the wonderful surprise that awaited her.

She experienced God’s love when she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift from a family on the other side of the world. The free gifts in her shoebox were a testament to her family and to her village of God’s grace and the kindness and generosity of His people.

At the event she heard the Gospel and how God demonstrated His love through the free gift of His Son Jesus Christ, whom He sent to die for our sins and rise from the dead.

“At the event we sang songs and we were told about Jesus,” Anitah said. “I was so excited.”

Her favorite toy in her shoebox was a jump rope. Anitah also received the book “The Greatest Friend” in her own language. This book will teach her more about what it means to follow Jesus Christ and trust Him with her life.

“I am so grateful for my shoebox. I’m so thankful for what Jesus has done.”

You can bless children around the world by prayerfully packing shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. Pack a shoebox today!

Learn more about how to pack a shoebox.

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Please donate $10 for every shoebox you prepare. Your donations will help cover project costs, including shipping (make one combined donation for multiple shoeboxes). Consider making an additional donation to help Samaritan's Purse go beyond the shoebox and expand assistance to children, their families, and their communities. Samaritan's Purse does not provide receipts for the value of gift items included in a shoebox.