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Franklin Graham Continues Charity Work Despite Fears for Father's Health

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 12:59 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

Franklin Graham is pushing on with Operation Christmas Child to aid children in the Philippines despite fears for his father, Rev. Billy Graham. The well-known evangelist "hasn't got his strength back" after contracting an infection days after his 95th birthday last month, Graham said about his father.

"He's not doing real well. He celebrated his 95th birthday on November 7th. About a week later, he got an infection, was in the hospital for a few days, came home. But, he just hasn't got his strength back," Graham told "Fox & Friends" Thursday.

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Though not in pain, Graham said his father is "just very weak," and asked for prayers for his health.

"I know he would appreciate your prayers. The family would, I know that. His vitals are good," Graham said. "He is comfortable and strong."

Graham explained the goal of Operation Christmas Child was to provide shoeboxes packed by volunteers and filled with supplies for children in need. He said this year the program filled 10 million shoeboxes, and 60,000 shipped Thursday to children in the Typhoon ravaged Philippines.

"We're going to focus now on the kids. These people lost everything," Graham said.
The boxes are packed by individual families, Graham said, with each one blessed by prayer by those who packed the box for the child who receives it.

"I don't know who will get it, but God does. And, we know God is going to hear the prayer of one righteous person. Can you imagine ten million people praying for ten million children?" Graham asked.

"Every box is like snowflakes, no two are the same. Kids pack them. And, we're teaching kids to give. And, that's important, that another generation learns how to give," Graham said.

"I want every child who gets a box to know about the true meaning of Christmas."

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