Yesterday I had the privilege of helping with Operation Ho Ho Ho. This event was one of the best out reaches we took part in soonn after we arrived in Nenana. This was our second year, and was wonderful.
Operation Ho Ho Ho distributes food boxes and presents to houses with a need in Nenana. Railbelt Mental Health & Addictions, a local counseling service, hosts the event. A wide variety of people and faiths are present for the event. It is a wonderful chance to spend time with other folks and help our community.
Several trucks traveled to Fairbanks in the morning and arrived back in Nenana shortly after noon. We met the trucks at the tribal hall and hauled everything inside. We then broke all the cases down and stocked tables almost like a grocery store.
After this, boxes were set up and filled with items. A total of 58 sets of boxes and presents were packed and delivered by 4 pm. A volunteer force of over 30 people made light work of the effort. On top of the blessing of helping our friends and neighbors, Railbelt provided free pizza and soda.
Often at this time of year, we can forget that giving is far too be preferred than getting. I must confess that Christmas can bring a list of personal wants to my mind. I am thankful that the Lord provides opportunities to give. We gave a few hours and a little effort and 58 families were also blessed.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”Acts 20:35 – ESV