It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Elizabeth Lescarini hopes to make this time of year wonderful for everyone through her efforts with Operation Christmas Child.
Lescarini has been packing OCC shoeboxes full of gifts with her family since 2012. Up until 2018 they would pack one shoebox per family member, but that year she asked her parents if she could have half of what they spend on her for Christmas to help pack more boxes.
She wanted more children to be able to experience opening something of their very own for Christmas. That year, along with help from a few donations from family and friends, she was able to pack 25 boxes. That number has grown each year.
This year, after speaking with her grandfather, she set a goal of 100 shoeboxes. Her grandparents, Pete and Barbara Bishop of Athens, Ala., called and encouraged her to make it happen. They told her to get all the donations she usually gets from family and friends, but they also said they would cover everything over that in order to pack and ship all 100 boxes.
Lescarini continually received support from her friends and family all over the country as well as from her local Interact Club. Her favorite donation story is when she had a buggy full of items at Dollar Tree and a lady behind her asked what it was for. After she told her, the lady handed her $20 for it. Once the public was aware of her 100-box goal, many donations came flooding in and she was so thankful for every dollar that has been sent.
Her big goal was met, and she successfully packed 100 boxes. Anyone interested in learning more about Operation Christmas Child can visit samaritanspurse.org.