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Operation Christmas Child

Dave Cooke, a father of four from Wrexham, North Wales, was watching TV when he first witnessed the horror of abandoned children in Romanian orphanages. Mr. Cooke knew he had to do something to help these children, so he asked his friends to help collect aid and toys to donate it to these Romania orphans.


The response from his friends and the community was overwhelming and on the 12th of December 1990, a convoy of vehicles, including 17 local volunteers leaves for Romania. Along with the aid, the convoy carried the first gift-filled shoeboxes. On their return, the volunteers vowed to continue the work and Operation Christmas Child Charity was born.


Over the next several years, with endorsements from celebrities such as Mr. T and Michael Jackson, Donnie Osmond, and Tony Blair to name a few, Operation Christmas Child expanded into Moscow, Bosnia, Croatia, Poland & Romania.


In 1995, Samaritans Purse teamed up with Operation Christmas Child. Since then the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 124 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.


After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said: “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan’s Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.


Dave Cooke’s story reminds me of the “Starfish Story” and how just one person can overcome the odds and make a real difference in someone else’s life. If you would like to make a difference and share the love of our Lord with a child at Christmas “Go and do likewise”, please visit   for more information on how you can help.

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