Area residents are set to welcome Nadia Karnatova as she recounts how hope arrived in the form of a gift-filled shoebox when she was living in Ukraine at age nine.
Karnatova is scheduled to speak to community members from the surrounding area as they prepare for the upcoming collection season of the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child.
According to a release, Nadia Karnatova grew up in Ukraine in a large family. Although God always provided for her family, they had very little. Karnatova’s mother could not afford to buy gifts for her children. However, one Christmas when Karnatova was around 9 years old, she and all of her siblings received a shoebox from a local church. It was the first moment Karnatova felt God’s true presence, the release states.
Today, Karnatova loves to pack shoeboxes. She is now a mother herself, raising three children in Ohio. Karnatova will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. to tell her story. Church members encourage all event attendees to pack shoebox gifts of their own— with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys such as a doll or a soccer ball—to reach the global goal of impacting 12 million children.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call 518-437-0690 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. 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 samaritanspurse.org/buildonline 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.