Kara Rudolph, admissions director, prepares a box for shipment.

For many years, Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, has supported Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child project by filling shoeboxes with gifts for children in need around the world.


On Dec. 16, 2015, the center provided additional support through volunteer service. Several members of the management team went to the processing center at Samaritan’s Purse’s headquarters in Boone, North Carolina, and spent four hours helping to fill, sort and package boxes for shipment to their final destinations. These associates shared that the experience made an impact on them in addition to the children who will receive the boxes.


“It clearly reminded us of the little things we take for granted every day, such as soap and socks,” said Sheree Byrd, executive director.


“I teared up many times while working, thinking how lucky our lives are,” added Jessica Hughes, director of nursing.

Life Care Center of Banner Elk also provided 11 filled shoeboxes this year. 

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