There is an old and popular Christmas tradition that a lot of families have taken part in where you fill a shoe box with toys, toiletries, care packages and school supplies to donate to Operation Christmas Child.
Around the time of Thanksgiving, organisations and churches garner volunteers to put together boxes and get them ready to send all around the world to children who are considered to be at risk or in third-world areas.
Samaritan’s Purse partners with groups around the world including churches and schools to help spread a little Christmas cheer around the world for those less fortunate. According to Samaritan’s Purse, over 135 million children in 150 countries have received a gift-filled box since the program began in 1993.
At the age of 7, Tyrel Wolfe and his family participated in a project that would change their lives forever. Tyrel and his family became involved with Operation Christmas Child through their local church.
Tyrel hadn’t thought much about the shoe box since then; but from one little gesture, his life would be turned. Tyrel’s package was sent to a young girl around his own age in the Philippines.
More than a decade passed since Tyrel put together the box. Out of the blue, he received an unexpected friend request from a woman named Joana Marchan.
Joana and Tyrel started messaging on Facebook but Tyrel’s parents were sceptical to the woman’s identity and warned their son about the possibility of it being a scammer.
After more messages went back and forth, Tyrel decided to start saving up for a plane ticket to the Philippines to test the validity of her story. Could he be communicating with a catfish? What happened next left us breathless…
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