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By Jane Brigham, chaplain

 

“You’ll never believe what I saw on the back streets of Cameroon.”

 

That was the Monday morning greeting from Eunice Ngu, payroll/accounts payable associate at Life Care Center of Acton, Massachusetts.

 

Ngu then proceeded to show me pictures of what had brought her so much joy. Yes, they were pictures of children who were carrying their Operation Christmas Child boxes on their heads, under their arms, any way they could. Their smiles spoke a thousand words. Ngu commented that she could hardly believe it possible that Christmas boxes exactly like those outside of her office had made their way to the children of her birth country.

 

Each fall, Life Care Center of Acton joins many other Life Care Centers of America facilities in participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project run by Samaritan’s Purse. The residents fill the shoe boxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and other goodies, to send to children in need around the world.

 

This past Christmas, our residents sent off 144 boxes. But we had never had anyone, resident or staff member, actually see the happiness of the children who receive them.

 

Ngu reflected that she was so glad and proud to be part of Life Care Center of Acton and Life Care Centers of America. Since 1995, Life Care has sent more than 3 million shoe boxes.

 

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