Haiti: Operation Christmas Child

Recently I traveled with my dad to Haiti to visit an orphanage that Samaritan’s Purse is building and to deliver shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Since the devastating 2010 earthquake, my visits to Haiti have been emotionally  draining when seeing the harsh conditions this country continues to face.  But this trip was quite the opposite. By helicopter, we flew about twenty minutes out of Port-au-prince to the Samaritan’s Purse base. On from there, we drove to this peaceful seaside setting under a cascade of trees, where about fifty children were waiting patiently for our arrival.

This group of children live in an orphanage, which Samaritan’s Purse is currently rebuilding. It was a sweet intimate time with this small group of children. They were eager to open their boxes and see what toys awaited them.  Filled with joy, they each helped one another to open their toys, and everyone was excited for the other.

The kids had just received new uniforms and were thrilled to show them off.
Doesn't this make you smile? These little boys were waiting so patiently to open their boxes until everyone received a box.
Finally the wait was over!
This little girl opening up her very own present.
Yes, you are looking cool my man!
Aerial view of the new orphanage Samaritan's Purse is building in Haiti. After completion it will be the largest orphanage in Haiti.


Dad took a few minutes to visit with a group of volunteers from Clemson University, who were working on the orphanage during their Christmas break.