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Samaritans Purse - Aug 2017
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May Doole from Samaritans Purse and Rotarian Colin McCarthy


May Dole spoke about Samaritan's Purse which is a non-denominational Christian humanitarian aid organisation. In particular her talk focused on one aspect of their work -Operation Christmas Child - which provides gifts for children in poor or war torn parts of the world.

She explained how the organisation's volunteers engage with churches, schools, companies and individuals to fill shoe boxes with gifts and how these are transported to areas of need. Worldwide 11 million boxes were donated, 45,000 from N. Ireland alone last year.

May described the experience of visiting schools where the boxes were being distributed. She emphasised how much each box was appreciated and how each represented comfort and hope for its recipient.


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