Faith Matters: Fill a Shoebox, Change a Child's Life

CONWAY, Ark. - A local nonprofit works to provide Christmas for children in need around the globe.

The GO Store has a new building in downtown Conway that is a one-stop shop for Operation Christmas Child.

From clothing to toys, the Go Store has everything you need to send an Operation Christmas Child box to a child living in poverty.

"The kids abroad who don't have shoes to wear or clean water," explains Erica Cason with GO Store. 

She opened the store three years ago and it's grown so much since then they are opening a new 7,000-square-foot building that now includes a thrift store and will be open year-round.

"Purposeful for the community in addition to spreading the Gospel to the nations," she adds.

Families, businesses and groups come to shop and pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry through the Samaritan's Purse, which has provided 146 million boxes to kids in 150 countries. Something as small as a toothbrush can change a life.

"They've been sharing a toothbrush with 14 people in an orphanage their whole life," Cason continues.

The GO Store makes the purchase as affordable as possible.

"Something that's so inexpensive for us but can mean that much, is why we love this project so much," she says.

In some cases, a box for a child could mean an education.

"These kids can't go to school if they can't afford school supplies," Cason says.

Hygiene items, clothes and a toy is more than many of these kids could ever imagine.

"They open the shoebox and say 'Wow, somebody loves me across the world' and that's very impactful for them," she says.

Cason hopes the new space for the GO Store brings in people from all over the state to make a difference for kids all over the world.

The GO Store's official grand opening is Thursday, Oct. 12.

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