“What’s in a box? More than you think…”
Once again CCS elementary and secondary students were given the opportunity to touch another child’s life through Operation Christmas Child or “Operation Shoebox.” This outreach is a national ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, its mission to bring the good news of Christ’s love to a child outside of the United States.
Students throughout CCS were asked to bring in assorted items to fill a shoebox with gifts that children in disadvantaged countries would enjoy. Toys, clothing, hygiene items and school supplies were purchased by our students and their families according to age and gender of the recipient.
Some students were asked to donate items such as deflated soccer balls with an air pump, while other children were asked to donate a sewing kit and a box of markers. Classrooms that had extra/additional supplies were used to complete boxes that may have been lacking. This was a great opportunity for elementary and secondary students to practice generosity and work in a cooperative way.
Each elementary classroom conducted their own chapel service, where teachers discussed the impact of their giving with students. Students then wrote letters to the recipients of the boy and girl shoeboxes from their class and ended their time by gathering together to pray for the specific boy and girl who will receive the completed boxes.
Shortly after elementary students concluded their project, students in NHS and NJHS began theirs. Secondary students, seniors to sixth-graders, brought in items over the course of a week-long drive. At its conclusion, middle school students packed 54 boxes and high school students packed 34, for a total of 88 boxes packed by secondary students!
In all, CCS elementary and secondary students collected a total of 122 shoeboxes. Thank you, CCS families for all that you did to make this such a wonderful event. Please continue to pray for the children that receive these boxes, that they will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior begin their new journey as one of His children.