Refugee visits Greenville to share story

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/9/2021 2:37:26 PM

Since the early 1990s, New Hampshire families have put together shoeboxes full of school supplies, toys and hygiene products for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. This week, one of the recipients of these gifts is coming to Greenville to share his story.

Yves Dushime was a refugee in Togo, after his family fled the Rwandan genocide. When he was 11, he received one of the shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child, which is a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Dana Williams with Samaritan’s Purse said that Dushime’s goal with visiting is to share how the gift he received, which was just like others packed by families in Greenville, changed his life. 

Dushime’s favorite item in the shoebox was a scarf, which he saw as a sign that he and his family had a future beyond their life as refugees. He now lives in upstate New York, and still uses the scarf.

With his visit, Dushime hopes to inspire local residents to contribute to Operation Christmas Child this year, and reach the goal of filling more than 6,150 shoeboxes during the upcoming November collection season. 

Dushime will be speaking at the New Covenant Bible Church in Greenville at 6 p.m. Friday. 


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