An Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gave Hope to an Orphan in Honduras

November 15, 2021 • Worldwide

Yuri Lopez received a shoebox gift when she was 6 years old and it changed her life.

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Yuri Lopez grew up in 14 different orphanages in Honduras, after being separated from her family when she was 2 years old. Her life seemed hopeless. But when she was 6, Yuri received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift and “experienced hope for the very first time,” she said.

“Everything in my shoebox was special,” Yuri said. “But the most important thing was the picture and note from the little girl who sent that shoebox to me. Her note said, ‘Jesus loves you and I love you too.’ At that moment it made a big impact on me, and it continued to for many years.”

In fact, seven years later, Yuri took out the note the girl put in the shoebox and read it again when she questioned whether God really cared for her—and it made her realize that He did love her. “That day I embraced God’s love and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,” she said.

Now, as an adult, Yuri packs hundreds of shoeboxes to let children in need around the world know that God loves them—and that she does too! Watch the video above to learn more about Yuri’s story.

There’s still time to pack a shoebox for boys and girls across the globe and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them. But time is running out! National Collection Week is now: Nov. 15-22!

Years after receiving her shoebox gift, Yuri is still packing boxes to bless other children around the world.

Years after receiving her shoebox gift, Yuri is still packing boxes to bless other children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child Through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls in more than 100 countries each year. Many of these children have never before received a present or heard the true meaning of Christmas—until they open a gift-filled shoebox from a person like you. Some people are not able to give the $10 per shoebox we request for shipping and related costs. By adopting a shoebox, you can partner with them to deliver the Gospel and help "bring salvation to the ends of the earth" (Acts 13:47, ESV).

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Adopt a Shoebox: $10 | Adopt a Carton of 15 Boxes: $150