Some of my favorite causes to crochet for have to do with health challenges. It surprises me, however, that two of those favorites have the word “operation” in them.
I don’t do goo. Which is one good reason I’m not a doctor.
Operation Little Feet and Operation Christmas Child: Two Different Causes
Recently, I had the marvelous opportunity to be interviewed for an article in our community paper about Operation Little Feet.
One conversation led to another, and Operation Christmas Child also came into the crocheting picture.
As happens on occasion in journalism with paper and ink, the message got a bit mixed up.
Hopefully, this will help get us all on the same page:
Operation Little Feet: An Ongoing Project of the USO
The USO is a secular, civilian organization reaching out to American military and their families here in the USA and around the world.
“The USO was formed in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, who determined it would be best if private organizations handled the on-leave recreation of the rapidly growing U.S. armed forces. Roosevelt’s call to action led six civilian agencies to coordinate their civilian war efforts and resources to form a new organization—the USO (United Service Organizations).” – from History of the USO
Although five out of six of those founding organizations were religiously minded, the current USO’s charter specifically mentions the need to refrain from entering into political or religious arenas.
Which is why the typo in the article makes the birth of this post necessary.
The USO’s ongoing project, Operation Little Feet, is simply about sharing tangible baby gifts with new military families.
Doing what we can to let them know we care.
But donkeys trekking shoeboxes around the world with shoeboxes strapped on their fuzzy backs to share the Gospel? That’s Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child: An Ongoing Project of Samaritan’s Purse
Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian, civilian organization offering help and hope to suffering people in a broken world.
“’Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.’ Bob Pierce wrote these now-famous words in his Bible after visiting suffering children on the Korean island of Kojedo. This impassioned prayer is what guided him as he founded and led the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse in 1970. His mission for this organization was “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.” – from History of Samaritan’s Purse
Samaritan’s Purse – and Operation Christmas Child, one of their many ongoing programs – began with, continues with, and prayerful will always continue until the Lord returns with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world.
Good All Around
Two causes, two missions, lots of need. Good all around.
I’m not upset at the newspaper for getting mixed up. It’s just words on a page; words that needed a bit of clarifying. There’s no goo, no emotional scarring. You good? Then I’m good.*
*”Good” in the colloquial sense of being at peace with one another. Not “good” in the sense of perfect moral goodness.
For that, we need a donkey bringing a Savior to a town to be crucified.