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Operation Christmas Child recipient visits Juniata County

MIFFLINTOWN — Elizabeth Groff, who grew up in a broken family in Eastern Ukraine and ended up in an orphanage when she was only 7 years old, will appear at River Church of Juniata County at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, to share her testimony and explain what God did in her life through a shoebox. River Church of Juniata County is located at 105 CJEMS Lane in Mifflintown.

The young girl was devastated by the tragedies in her family and felt alone in the world. While in the orphanage, she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. The gift gave her hope that God would not leave her at rock bottom. At the age of 13, Groff was adopted by an American family. Today she is very passionate about Operation Christmas Child and enjoys getting people involved in packing boxes.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children through Jesus. They ship the gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease, and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.

The Juniata Valley Area Operation Christmas Child Team is providing a one-day chartered bus trip to the Baltimore processing center on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Their work shift will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are 52 seats available on the bus, and the $33 per person payment will reserve a seat. Seats are transferable but not refundable in the event you cannot attend. Snacks will be provided on the bus, but participants are responsible for their own meals.

For more information, call Operation Christmas Child area coordinators Dave Goll at (267) 275-5906 or Tina Goll at (215) 378-0250, or email OCC.JVAT@gmail.com. Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week is Nov. 14-21.

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