Shoe Box Recipient To Visit Transylvania County


September 21, 2017

Each year since 1993 county residents have been part of an international Christmas project called Operation Christmas Child, which has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 146 million children in 160 countries.

One such shoebox gift reached Dania Yadago, a young girl growing up in the Middle East. Dania will visit Transylvania County to share how the simple gift made a life-changing impact.

Hosted by the local Operation Christmas Child team and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Dania will be sharing her story on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon at Rosman High School. Her desire is to encourage residents as they kick off the upcoming collection season to fill more than 2,000 shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. Children around the world receive one shoebox just one time in their lives through this ministry.

Before Dania and her family finally got to United States through the United Nations Commiss-ion for Human Rights, they lived in severe poverty in three Middle Eastern countries. There were many days when they did not have anything to eat. The only thing they could do was to pray. The shoebox Dania and her brother received had special gifts they could not even imagine. They were ecstatic that someone they probably would never meet sent them a tangible act of love. That day Dania learned that with God, all things are possible. She learned that there is power in prayer. Because of it, today, Dania fights every battle, celebrates every victory and makes every plea, on her knees.

Dania is a graduate of Salem College, majoring in education with a music minor. She loves Operation Christmas Child, packs shoeboxes and shares her love for the Lord and for this ministry whenever she has an opportunity as a national spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse.

During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week Nov. 13-20, Transylvania County residents can drop off gift-filled shoeboxes at multiple locations across Western North Carolina and locally at Brevard Wesleyan Church and Oak Grove Baptist Church in Lake Toxaway.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call (828) 883-3218 or visit Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.


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