When a gift-filled shoebox leaves the giver’s hands, the story of joy has only begun. One woman tells her poetic story of how she personally placed the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in Rwandan children’s hands.
When a gift-filled shoebox is placed in the hands of Rwandan children, it often holds the very thing that child wanted. Tricia MacFarlan saw firsthand the miracles when she traveled this summer with an Operation Christmas Child team to the developing country.
Dexter McKinley spent days on the dark and deadly streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, until his mother abandoned him at an orphanage in 1997. Sixteen years later, the Tri-Cities businessman has found his life-purpose.
When the family van rolled on the highway, Cleo the cat jumped through a shattered window and fled the scene. How could a 7-month-old kitten possibly survive harsh winter temperatures and preying coyotes? Most people would think it didn’t have a prayer.
It seemed the young woman had been handed an assignment, one that in her mind was certainly not for her. The very thought of taking on such a task – the portrayal of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom — made Susie Sandager’s knees tremble.
Jason LaBarge enjoyed creative cooking as a young boy, but never envisioned owning a French restaurant someday. A twist of fate put Jason on a path to learning culinary skills and an eventual degree. Chef Jason LaBarge and wife Jennifer believe faith has been key in their opening Lepice on Gage Blvd., in Richland.
It felt like serendipity. Footsteps choosing an unfamiliar path, the empty bench in the heat of the day, a feathered flock chorusing overhead — all events that seemed to point the weary couple to the lonely house.
When Kenton Lee of Nampa, Idaho volunteered in an orphanage in Kenya, he noticed a little girl walking with shoes that no longer fit. That image triggered an idea that has helped thousands of children in poverty around the world.