Acts of Altruism II

It’s Friday, my day to share an idea with all of you that might get us in the mood to help other people. This week I want to talk about Samaritan’s Purse, specifically their Operation Christmas Child program.

As I’ve already shared, I am looking for things I can do that fit within my skill set and my time schedule. A few  months ago I read an article in a magazine about this particular charity and became intrigued. This was something I could do at home and that would make a difference. Well, don’t you know a few weeks after seeing the article, I met a lady in the yarn aisle at Walmart.

We began talking and she explained she was looking for yarn she could use as a washcloth. After chatting awhile, she mentioned she was a part of the Samaritan’s Purse charity. I had my  notebook with me in which I jot down things to remember, and I showed her where I had made a note to myself to find out more about this organization. I’m thinking this meeting was meant to be.


Operation Christmas Child is a Christian-affiliated program, but at its heart, it reflects the universal idea that children who have very little “need a little Christmas” as Auntie Mame so famously said. (Everything I know I learned from Broadway musicals.)

Another thing I love about this program is that the small presents that are donated are packed into shoe boxes, so each child gets his or her own little box. Take a look and see if this might be an act of altruism you’d be interested in joining. If not, we’ll have another idea next Friday!



Author: gebbysmith

I am a retired school teacher, school administrator, designer, retail business- owner, writer, fisherman, gardener, music-lover, dance-lover, theater-lover who lives in Mississippi. My husband, four doggies, and I live on a small farm and have fun every day making things and working on our house..

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