Pack boxes with joy

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By Karen Pegueros

Toys, shoes, and school supplies line up waiting to be given to children around the world.  Photo courtesy of Olivia Smith
Toys, shoes, and school supplies line up waiting to be given to children around the world.
Photo courtesy of Olivia Smith

Spread the cheer, Christmas is near. This holiday season community-service clubs are hosting events to help those in need.

Bible Club invites all students to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Participants will pack shoe boxes with hygiene care items Monday, Nov. 14 to send to children in need around the world. There will be treats and music for those who lend a hand.

“Come help us pack these boxes for children in need. We will send them anything from toothbrushes to stuffed animals. Spread some Christmas goodwill and come out for the party,” co-president of Bible Club Olivia Smith, senior, said.

With donations from families, Bible Club raised $500 to spend on toys, hygiene items, clothes, and school supplies for the children.

“Last year we packed boxes for the same program and got to send five around the world. This year we’ve been able to buy materials to send 35 boxes around the world thanks to donations. We’re hoping to use it as a way to get the community together and give some kids a good Christmas,” Anna Banks, junior, said.

If a student donates $7, the money will go to ship the box they packed, and they will receive a code to find out where the box went in the world.

“Operation Christmas Child is a great way to provide gifts to children all over the world. We chose it because they’re very well organized, had a great model, was relatively inexpensive, and the feedback that we’ve gotten from the children that receive the gifts is incredible and overwhelmingly joyful. Some of these kids have never seen anything like what they get in the box,” Mr. Sundvick said.