Phillippina Woman Shares How Springfield Helped Improve Her Life

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A special guest from the Philippines is in Springfield today sharing her story of how locals helped improve her life. 

Jelyn Franzon was a recipient of the Operation Christmas Child Program. 

This is a program that fills shoeboxes with goodies like hygiene items, school supplies and toys and sends them to children in need around the world.

Jelyn received her box when she was 13. 

Today she talked about what that gift meant to her and how it impacts children who have been affected by natural disasters or poverty. 

"I wanted to encourage them to pack more shoe boxes and I know Springfield already packing a humongous amount of shoe boxes but I wanted to encourage them that every shoe box represents a child and it just meant so much to the children around the world that never received a gift and never heard the gospel," Franzon said.

Springfield has been a part of this project for 25 years. 

This year they hope to fill more than 18,000 shoe boxes to contribute in the goal of reaching 11 million children. 

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