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#shoeboxgiftstories is an ongoing series in which shoebox recipients share about the eternal impact of a simple gift. Enrico received a shoebox in Argentina at age 8.
A cute little stuffed cow named Lula was the most cherished gift that four-year-old Maria Fernanda Garcia found inside the Operation Christmas Child shoebox she received in Costa Rica in 1998.
Maria, now 21, recently accompanied a group of Canadian volunteers as translator and saw the familiar red-and-green Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. A long-forgotten memory stirred.
Simran, a seven-year-old from an Indian Hindu family, loved her shoebox gifts - especially the colored pencils and coloring books. After receiving her shoebox, she joined The Greatest Journey class in her community. She wanted to know more about the creation and love of God because of the stories she had heard from church kids during the distribution.
Vika received a shoebox gift while living in an orphanage in Ukraine as a child, and now she packs shoeboxes to send to other children.
“I still remember that feeling of excitement and hope I had when we received our shoeboxes.
On December 26, 2014, something unexpected and wonderful happened to the Kulemba family of Malawi.
That day their 12-year-old daughter Angella received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift from the local church.