Teen visiting Panama to deliver gifts to kids

Posted June 30, 2009, at 9:07 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local teenager will leave this afternoon for the San Blas Islands in Panama, where she will help deliver 1,500 shoe boxes stuffed with presents for needy children.

Michelle Nosworthy, 17, a student at the Calvary Chapel School in Orrington, has been working on shoe box gift packages since she was in elementary school as part of the Samaritan’s Purse project, a Christian international relief program.

Nosworthy said she was glad to finally see the human impact of her work.

“I’m really excited,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve been making the shoe boxes for so long.”

The packages contain such things as toothbrushes, flashlights, batteries, soap, toys and candy.

“Every day we’ll be loading up on canoes and visiting the local islands to deliver gifts,” she said.

While in the San Blas Islands, the group of 18 students will also help paint and repair a community center.

They also plan to go to Panama City to work with Amigos de Metro, a children’s home, where they will be handing out boxes and helping to renovate one of the administrative buildings.

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