CCS elementary 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 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 the 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 Barbie dolls 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 students to practice generosity and work in a cooperative way. Online students, who were not able to be in class but wished to contribute from home, were also included. Items assigned to these students were dropped off by parents and picked up at curbside and delivered to classrooms.
Each elementary classroom conducted its 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 praying together for the specific boy and girl who will receive the completed boxes. Elementary students were able to pack 30 boxes! Additionally, due to the generosity of our CCS families, both due to financial gifts and surplus supplies, more boxes were able to be assembled for shipment!
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 and begin their new journey as one of His children.