HAMPTONVILLE — West Yadkin Baptist Church, the local Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, recently was honored to have as a guest speaker, Izabella McMillon.
McMillon was 13 when she received her shoebox through OCC, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse. She grew up in the communist country of Romania, where they were not allowed to go to church, have Bibles or even talk about God. She said one day big trucks arrived in her little town and inside were lots of colorful boxes and nice people were given them out to all the children.
McMillon said she could not believe she was being given a gift without having to do something in return.
Her story in its entirety can be found on the Samaritan’s Purse website under Operation Christmas Child along with other shoebox stories.
The shoebox collection week begins Nov. 14-21, and the relay center at West Yadkin is a regional collection center serving donors, whether churches, individuals or groups, from Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin, Davie and Forsyth counties, who wish to donate filled shoeboxes.
The hours for the West Yadkin site will be posted on the Samaritan’s Purse website under OCC.