A group of nine friends from Barriere and area recently joined together and filled 39 Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes.
Others who could not come, sent along their collection of items to add to the tables that were groaning with everything from toys to clothing, to books, writing materials and more..
The ladies say they had a very pleasant couple of hours together making up gift boxes for children much less fortunate than ours.
When the boxes were all filled the group wrapped up the afternoon enjoying tea and goodies.
What is Samaritan’s Purse?
Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970.
Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian relief and development organization that takes its name from Jesus Christ’s story in the Bible of the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10, Jesus tells of a man from Samaria who finds a Jewish man robbed and beaten at the side of the road, in desperate need of help.
Although the Jewish man was a complete stranger, the Samaritan bandages him, carries him to a local inn, spends a night caring for him, and then takes coins from his purse and pays the innkeeper to continue caring for him. The Samaritan also promises to come back and pay the innkeeper even more, if that is what is necessary to restore the Jewish man to full health.
Like that Good Samaritan, Samaritan’s Purse provides aid to hurting people—victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. We do it regardless of their religious faith, race, gender, or socio-economic standing. We usually partner with local churches, just as the Good Samaritan partnered with the innkeeper. And we continue to nurture that partnership, and monitor the effectiveness of our work, just as the Samaritan arranged with the innkeeper.