Apollo Beach Girl Rallies Area For Gifts For Children In Need

Staff Report

Do you need to raise more than $10,000 to send a girl with brain cancer on a family vacation to Disney World? Jordyn McNair is the lead you need. Would you like to fill 1,000 shoeboxes for needy children worldwide? Count on McNair to stock every box.

In fact, McNair already sent that family to Disney World and just recently hosted a 1,000-shoebox packing party at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Apollo Beach. At this event, over 30,000 items were donated and 1,000 boxes filled.

McNair, who is the chief executive officer of the company involved in these projects, Faith Like a Child, Inc., is in second grade and is seven-years-old.

“God’s telling me to do it and it’s the right thing to do,” said McNair, offering a simple explanation for the “love project” initiatives her company supports. According to information on the website, Faith Like a Child exists as “Jordyn’s way of helping realize her dreams of helping others.”

“It is awesome watching the Lord work through her [with these projects],” said Erica McNair, Jordyn’s mother.

McNair said her daughter accomplishes the company’s vision mainly through letter-writing campaigns and face-to-face meetings that seek support from business leaders in the community. Apparently Jordyn’s approach works well. For her 1,000-shoebox packing party, numerous local businesses donated items to help fill the shoeboxes.

Visit McNair’s Faith Like a Child website at www.faithlikeachildinc.com.Since 1993, Operation

Christmas Child has hand-delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes worldwide. These shoeboxes are packed with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children living in desperate situations around the world. This year Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect more than 400,000 gift-filled shoeboxes in Florida to support a worldwide collection goal of 9.8 million shoeboxes before National Collection Week, November 18-25.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child in general, or to find a local shoebox drop-off site for National Collection Week, call 407-852-3727, or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.