Students bring joy through Operation Christmas Child

Students at St. Patrick Catholic High School showed their love and charity by bringing in shoe boxes filled with gifts for children all over the world.  The collection of these boxes for Operation Christmas Child happened all this week with the students filling and turning in boxes to the school to help this great mission.

Operation Christmas Child is an operation by Samaritan’s Purse, which is a Christian organization.  This organization’s goal is to bring spiritual and physical aid and help to people all around the world.  Operation Christmas Child is just one of the ways that this organization does this.  The point of this operation is to show kids in need all around the world the love of God.

People fill shoe boxes with gifts for kids ranging in age from two to fourteen.  Items that are included in the boxes are all kinds of toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.  The boxes are then collected during the national collection week, which is from November sixteenth to the twenty-third.  These boxes then go all around the world and are delivered to children in need.  For many of these children, this will be their first Christmas gift.  This shows them the love of God and helps them have a great Christmas.

The Key Club at St. Patrick sponsors this event along with the religion department and gives the students the opportunity to help out by packing and delivering these shoe boxes.  Mrs. Sutherlin who is the sponsor for the Key Club comments, “The collection at school gives our students a chance to reach out to those less fortunate.  Students really seem to enjoy donating to this worthy cause. We usually get at least one hundred boxes.”

This is an opportunity that is presented to the students every year so remember next year to share joy with a child in need and pack a shoe box!

Story by Skye Ward