Parishioners at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield are evangelizing and helping others in a unique way. The religious education classes and their families are filling shoe boxes with useful and playful gifts as part of Operation Christmas Child.
The boxes are gift-wrapped and the items are shipped all over the world to children in need. The gifts go to children ages 2 to 14. And each box contains a message from the children in the religious education class and the Bible story of the the birth of Jesus.
At Mt. Carmel, 60 gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child were blessed at Mass on November 14. They went Wilbraham Lifecare for shipping in time for Christmas. Details of this Christian global outreach can be found at www.samaritanspurse .org.
Photos and information courtesy of Sister of St. Joseph Betty Matuszek, pastoral minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Springfield.