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Abuse victim and Operation Christmas Child recipient speaks in Joplin

Operation Shoebox

Joplin, Mo. - Every year Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are shipped to kids in 100 countries.

The packages include gifts and hygiene items for the children in need.

One of those kids, Boun Thorne, came to Joplin today to tell her story.

Thorne is from Cambodia, her mother cared for her and her siblings. But they feared their father due to alcohol-fueled abuse.

That abuse forced Thorne to live with her Aunt for a while. But things didn't get better there. She was soon taken to a counseling center for human trafficking victims after being assaulted by her uncle. 

At a camp, she received her first gift. Her shoebox was filled with a new pair of shoes, hair bows, and a jump rope. Her favorite item though, was a stuffed animal that she says she slept with every night.

She told her story at Joplin's Forest Park Baptist Church. She says she's grateful for the people who put together the shoe boxes. She told KOAM "I would like to say thank you for the people who pack a shoe box. Because of that shoebox, it has helped me to find true love from God and it also gives me hope. It is not just me but also with children around the world."

 

 

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