WATCH: Church volunteers who send gift-filled shoeboxes every Christmas to needy children overseas are hearing from one former recipient about the impact that their generosity has made in her life.
BURLINGTON — She lifted the lid and saw pink colors and frilly things.
The shoebox filled with gifts arrived at the orphanage where Elena Nicholson lived in the former Soviet Union. In a world where she had nothing, everything in the box was for her.
It changed the young girl’s outlook on life.
Now 30 and living in the United States, Nicholson is visiting a Burlington church this weekend to tell the story of how her holiday shoebox found her in despair — and filled her with hope.
“I was at my lowest point. I felt like a nobody,” she said. “It made me feel like a somebody.”