Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause.

I am writing to THANK Lock Haven area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Lock Haven and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine. These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Lock Haven shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project-many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

— Dana Williams, Operation Christmas Child

YOU HAVE THE POWER

If you would like to make a nomination for our weekly Saturday morning round of “Applause” for someone or some group for doing something special, send your nomination to the editor through our Virtual Newsroom at www.lockhaven.com/Express. You may also contact us at The Express, P.O. Box 208, 9-11 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745, phone 748-6791, fax 748-1544.

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