Love in a shoebox
I am writing to thank Elkhart residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.
Because of the generosity of donors in Elkhart and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.
These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Elkhart shoebox packers are closed until November, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project – many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.
Operation Christmas Child,
Boone, North Carolina
Hallelujah! The partial shutdown is over – temporarily. We’ll see in a couple of weeks if anybody learned anything.
Obviously, several questions need to be addressed. If Trump thought the wall so important why didn’t the previous Congress allocate any money? The $1.6 billion that was allocated was designated for the repair and replacement of existing structures. Another question is why is the wall so important? Trump says it is to keep terrorists out of the U.S. Fine. However, twice as many terrorists enter the Canadian borders. Our border with Canada stretches 5,500 miles. Whereas, the Mexican border stretches just under 2,000 miles. Yet, the vast majority of our resources and rhetoric seems to be south. As to the question of terrorists, since 9/11 there have been more terrorist attacks perpetrated by American citizens than foreigners.
To be honest, these issues have been around for awhile. We can debate what Obama should or should not have done in these situations. However, Trump is the president. It’s all on him. Whether for good or ill, it’s Trump’s responsibility now. If he wants to take the credit, he should accept the blame as well. Trump’s not sure what he wants. He seems to say, give me the money and then we’ll figure what the wall looks like. That’s not how it should be. Hopefully, some consensus can be made concerning this issue and many others.
As a Goshen City Council representative and a taxpayer of Goshen, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for the work Goshen City Clerk-Treasurer Angie McKee has done.
In just her first year as clerk-treasurer, Angie decided to consider changing the financial institute the city used for all of its financial accounts. After issuing a Request for Proposals and interviewing various banks, Angie selected local Interra Credit Union. As a result of Angie’s initiative, at the end of 2018, the city made just under $1 million in interest on the city’s various accounts that would not have been earned by remaining with the original financial institute – $1 million the city would not have had otherwise, $1 million costing the taxpayers nothing, $1 million the city will now have to help replenish the Rainy Day Fund or help pay for other much needed projects. Plus, we get to deal with a local financial institute that employs local residents. In addition, Angie recently requested our local insurance company put out bids for a new insurance carrier, saving Goshen city another $100,000.
Thanks again, Clerk-Treasurer McKee, for your initiative, and not just settling for the status quo.
Goshen City Council President