From small packages come great hopes:
Tanya Poteet, 18, was only nine-years-old in a Russian orphanage when she was told that nobody loved her and no one ever will. “They would bring up my biological mom and say, see she didn’t want you, and now you’re here and everything.” Watch
Four years ago, Tanya and her younger sister and brother were adopted by a O’Fallon, Missouri couple, who had three biological children of their own.
Tanya will never forget the day she received a box full of school supplies and a letter from a stranger in the United States. She cries easily as she remembers the children left behind in the orphanage, where she spent five years. “When we make the boxes, now I think they don’t have anything. They get a box like this maybe once a year or every two years it’s unique to them.”
Operation Christmas Child sends boxes to children in 120 countries. Now, Tanya is the one sending boxes. “I’m sending this teddy bear with a heart that says I love you!”