Operation Christmas Child | 1:42 OC-170908_Full_Circle_Elena_Hagemeier_MIXED.mp4
Elena was born into an abusive home in the former Soviet Union. By the age of 8, she lived in an orphanage and felt very unloved. But there she received a shoebox gift and The Greatest Gift Gospel booklet. "Because of that shoebox, I got adopted not only into my earthly family but into my heavenly family," she said.
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