Toys and boxes and love, oh my! The residents of Southwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center took on a very special project this holiday season. This year marked Southwood’s second annual shoebox drive for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a nationwide effort to collect Christmas gifts for children in need all around the world. These gifts are packed in individual shoeboxes and shipped worldwide.
When presented with the idea, the residents were eager to get started on this project. They felt that making these shoeboxes full of gifts would allow them to help others in need and be a blessing to someone during the Christmas holiday. The residents decided on a goal to pack and fill 40 shoeboxes. With the help of staff members, resident’s family members, and Clinton Family Worship Center youth group, the residents of Southwood were able to meet their goal and actually made 53 shoeboxes—almost double what they made last year!
Ministries like Operation Christmas Child display the true meaning of Christmas. The residents were all smiles as they packed the shoeboxes—knowing some child in the world was going to have a happy Christmas because of them. As evidenced by the smiles on their faces, being a blessing to others provides true happiness and joy.