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Operation Christmas Child kicks off at Calvary

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Imagine growing up in nine different orphanages in Asia, feeling as if all hope is gone. Then, one day out of the blue, you get a shoebox in the mail from Savannah filled with everything a child could want. It's all a part of Operation Christmas Child. 

"In a sense, when I opened that box, it was like a choir saying you're not alone. You're wanted. They haven't forgotten about you. One of the things that was on that box was a stuffed bubble bee and I remembered holding that and remembering specifically my mom just being so thankful that she gave birth to me and also I thought it was my birthday gift from her. It made me think of her," explained Zarina Jensen.  That was her story. 

Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls, like Zarina Jensen, in more than 130 countries have received shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas child. Thanks to generous donors. Jensen was eventually adopted by American family. Today she's in Savannah telling her story at churches and schools as Operation Christmas Child kicks off its fundraising season. You can find out more about how you can help orphans all over the world through the ministry by clicking on this link.

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