Jaki Steward was left at an orphanage in Guatemala by her young mother when she was only a few months old. Sharing a room with 12 other girls, Jaki learned to protect the few possessions she had.
One December, when Jaki was 5 years old, she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. Cuddling the stuffed animal she received in her shoebox, Jaki felt special, loved and cared for. She had something to call her own. One year later, she was adopted into a family in the United States. Later, she started packing shoeboxes to share the love of Jesus with other children like herself.
Jaki will be speaking this Sunday, October 22nd at the Church at Clayton Crossings from 2:00pm until 4:00pm sharing the impact the gift-filled shoebox made in her life and in the lives of children in need around the world, many like her who never received a gift before.
The church is located at 11407 US Highway 70 Business West, Clayton.
The two hour event will kick off the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Season in the Johnston County area.