(singing) On the third day of National Collection Week the good Lord gave to me three rolls of wide tape, two filling trucks, and another great collection victory.
I can't believe three days of our collection for Operation Christmas Child are over already. I don't have a lot of new updates but I found out that Pat Carter's relay center in East Springfield took in 800 boxes in the first two days. That was great news.
Things started off slowly at the Erie collection center. Soon after I arrived to volunteer tonight, though, Rose Dobson came with a caravan of five vehicles filled with more than 1000 shoeboxes. And Rose still has more loads to deliver! She's pictured above with some of her shoeboxes.
Rose buys items and packs year-round in her garage. Last year she packed 1,737 boxes and this year she packed 1,500. And she doesn't use "GO" boxes. Most of her boxes were salvaged from our local Target. She's developed a good relationship with the employees there and they let her choose the empty boxes she wants from the shelves. Many of them are a beautiful deep red and are the perfect size.
Rose struggles with chronic medical problems but she still works tirelessly to bless children around the world. She told me, "When you keep working you don't hurt so much."
She trusts God to provide for her boxes and has amazing stories of how He's given her all she needs.
On the third day we had Rose.