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Operation Christmas Child brings gifts to children in poverty around globe

Operation Christmas Child is a project by the Samaritan’s Purse that delivers presents in shoeboxes to 8 million children each year in more than 100 countries that suffer from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and/or poverty. The Samaritan’s Purse mission is “To demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.” [more]

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Fresh options foster healthy Thanksgiving meals

You are what you eat — a phrase no one wants to hear, or feel, on Thanksgiving. Everyone loves stuffing, but no one likes feeling too stuffed. Healthy eating can help cut down on the remorse that often follows a big meal.
Fortunately, there are several alternative recipes and healthy tips to help you feel more thankful, and less guilty, this holiday. [more]

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Increase in natural disasters hurts citizens, economy

Although nature attacked in areas around the globe, shaking Japan, striking famine in East Africa and flooding Australia, it definitely took refuge in the States during 2011. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 91 disasters this year in the US alone. This is the highest disaster count since FEMA began calculating them over 40 years ago. [more]