A survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide shared his heartbreaking, but inspiring, story Saturday in Boise.
Alex Nsengimana spoke to new immigrants from Africa about how he found light during a time in darkness.
He shared his experiences of living through Rwanda's genocide when he was younger, witnessing the deaths of family members.
Alex fled for his life and ended up in an orphanage.
The story he shared Saturday was about the gift he received from Operation Christmas Child while he was at that orphanage - a shoe box filled with school supplies and hygiene items.
"That was the very first time receiving a gift in my life, and I knew someone was thinking about me," Nsengimana said. "When I was in high school I saw these boxes again. And I remembered what they did in my life. I went to pack more boxes myself."
A few years ago, Nsengimana went back to Rwanda with Operation Christmas Child and brought back shoe box gifts to children at the same orphanage he grew up in.
He is spreading the message, and encouraging people to participate in Operation Christmas Child.
Groups in the Treasure Valley are collecting thousands of supplies already.
For more information on how to help, click here.