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Pat Tardiff, Northwest Arizona area coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, went to Rwanda this summer to personally deliver about 7,000 shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in need. She said it was the most rewarding experience of her life to see them light up with smiles over simple gifts like a bar of soap, a scarf or sunglasses.

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Shoeboxes full of love for Christmas

Pat Tardiff has spent years helping to fill thousands of shoeboxes with Christmas gifts and sending them to impoverished children in Third World countries, touching their lives and giving them hope in desperate situations.