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Young girl gives gift of love
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The Lescarini family donated 25 shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child this year. Elizabeth, pictured, made 20 of those. It was an act of kindness from her to underprivileged children around the world.

A 10-year-old’s Christmas wish to help other children has been answered.

Elizabeth Lescarini asked family members for half the money they planned to spend on her for Christmas. She used that money to generate 20 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, each filled with precious gifts from her to the child receiving it.

“This was the right thing to do,” said Elizabeth. “There are children out there who need presents more than I do. I was also hoping these gifts would help those children learn about Jesus.”

The Lescarini family of five – mother, father, and three siblings – has participated in the shoebox ministry for several years. Each member donates one shoebox.

“This year I wanted to do more than five,” Elizabeth said. “I asked mom (Kelly) and dad (David) how much they planned on spending on me for Christmas. I asked if I could spend half of that money to make more boxes this year.”

Elizabeth made the same request of her grandparents, an aunt and a family friend. In the end, she had $660 and was able to generate 20 additional shoeboxes, bringing her family’s donation up to 25.

Each box had an average cost of $24 and included an additional $9 per box for shipping.

Elizabeth’s act of unselfishness proved to be inspirational.

“Her grandmother, who lives in Alabama, came up and helped her one day,” said Kelly. “They did a lot of shopping together. That inspired her grandmother. She had never packed a shoebox before, but she hosted a packing party with her friends in Alabama. Elizabeth is a very kind and tenderhearted child. She’s always doing things like this and inspiring others to show love and compassion.”

Collection week is ongoing. Shoebox donations can still be made at First Baptist Church on N. Spring Street. Hours are Friday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and Monday from 8 to 11 a.m.