Among them is Jan Smith, secretary in Life Care’s Facility Financial Services department at the corporate offices in Cleveland.
“What I am looking forward to most is to share Christ’s love with the children and to see the excitement on their faces as they open their boxes,” said Smith.
Four other associates from Life Care centers around the country (including Tilley Grant, activity assistant at Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga) will join Smith on the trip. The ambassadors will distribute the gift-filled boxes in villages and present the gospel to thousands of children throughout the South American country.
Life Care’s ambassadors will work side-by-side with representatives from Samaritan’s Purse, the charity organization headed by Franklin Graham that runs the Operation Christmas Child campaign.
“I have always had a heart for children and missions,” Smith added. “I have been packing shoe boxes for children for quite a few years and have the desire to do more with Samaritan’s Purse.”
The past two years, Smith has volunteered at the regional collection center in Atlanta, processing the boxes to go overseas.
Life Care participates yearly in the Operation Christmas Child campaign, collecting shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts to be distributed to children in war-torn and poverty-stricken countries all over the world.
This past year, the company collected 187,586 boxes.
“Life Care associates – with the support of churches, schools, civic clubs, businesses and families in their communities – produced an amazing number of shoe boxes for the world’s needy children,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president.
“That was the first step in a project that touches, and can change, their lives for the better. The other part is the actual presentation of the boxes to these youngsters. Through these appointed ambassadors, we all vicariously participate in dramatic, face-to-face encounters with those who will help shape the world’s future.”
Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Life Care operates or manages more than 220 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit http://lcca.com.