Kids can make a difference

Kids of our community can make a difference in our world at the second annual “Harvest of Love for the Children.”

The free event is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Power House (now H2O — “Help to Others”) and is in connection with Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project.

The evening will have a “kids helping kids” focus. Last year, kids at the Harvest of Love for the Children filled 150 boxes, part of the 902 boxes that Pagosa filled for Operation Christmas Child. Worldwide, over 7.6 million gift-filled boxes were collected and delivered to children in 94 countries on six continents. Most of the children receiving the boxes were living in impoverished situations or in war-torn communities and had never received a gift.

Our children in Pagosa Springs again have the opportunity to be part of this amazing worldwide project at the

Harvest of Love for the Children entry will be between 5 and 7 p.m. (It takes about an hour to complete games and fill a box.) Children will eat pizza, play international games, and fill the gift boxes themselves for other children far away. The prizes they win during the festival games will fill the boxes with toys, school supplies, toiletries, and candy. Each child who attends will receive a treat bag for being part of

Operation Christmas Child. Through this “Harvest” event, children can experience the joy of giving to another person and helping to change the world for good. Please note that a parent must accompany children.

Anyone interested in volunteering or making a financial or product donation to Pagosa Harvest for this event should call Nancy Burke at 731-5901. Through this community effort we will be caring not only for children far away, but also for families in our hometown.

Adults and families can also put together their own gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child over the next two months. Brochures with information about filling the boxes will be available at local churches and Alco by early October. Our Collection Week for gathering the boxes will be coming up Nov. 17-23. This year, our goal is 1,000 boxes from Pagosa! Through community giving and the Harvest of Love for the Children, it is certainly possible.