RED BANK, TN. (Times Free Press) -- To Mirela Gospodaru Wahner, the brightly colored candies were the big prize in the Christmas-wrapped shoebox she opened about 25 years ago in her native Romania.
"We had candy," she said, "but it was not so popular. We had [some] money, but couldn't buy much [because] there was not so much there to buy."
The shoebox Wahner opened was one of millions annually sent around the world by Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. The Boone, N.C.-based nondenominational evangelical Christian organization provides aid to people around the world.
Wahner now is a member of Red Bank Baptist Church, which is attempting to assemble and pack 4,000 shoeboxes for this year's drive.