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11/15/04-Bullard

Operation Christmas Child: Giving Joy To Those Without

Thousands of East Texans are making life brighter for needy kids a world away -- all by what fits in a shoe box.

It's called Operation Christmas Child.

They cost so little -- these things that make children smile. Here at home, where there is so much... and in places where the needs of life itself are hard to come by.

"My box probably comes to 15 or 16 dollars and five dollars for shipping. That's nothing, but it's alot for a child over there," Diana Rhinehart.  She has prepared her gifts for "Operation Christmas Child."

The nationwide drive, run by Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse sends these boxes to boys and girls where there is so much need. These fifty or so are coming from Bullard's First Baptist Church.

"If we can help even one child that's wonderful, says Peggy Cornelius, whose son put together his box with a special message.

She reads: "Christmas is the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ's birthday. This is a special day because He would later die for our sins."

She tells us: "In some countries they won't allow missionaries to go in, but they will allow these Christmas boxes so the Gospel can be spread in places missionaries can't go."

Most of these boxes are for children from children their age. Volunteer Pat Fielding says it's a lesson in giving in the spirit of the season.

"They learn to respect, and I think we're missing respect so much now, and children are learning now to respect others," she says.

Reported by Morgan Palmer. 

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