Christmas is just around the corner and here at RCHS, one of our teachers is already preparing. Computer Science teacher Mr. Matthew Lunsford is super-involved in the non-profit organization Operation Christmas Child, which is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. This project focuses on collecting shoebox gifts filled with items such as school supplies, small toys, and various hygiene items.
These boxes are delivered all around the world to kids as Christmas presents. Most of the time, the boxes are the only present that the children may get or the first they have ever received. While the gifts are great, the main purpose is to show God’s love and share with the children a little bit about Him.
“People tend to begin building a box by selecting a “wow” item such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal,” said Mr. Lunsford. He went on to talk about how school supplies are very important in these boxes because in many places around the world if a child does not have school supplies, they aren’t able to attend.
The children are delighted to open the boxes and find items such as pencils, sharpeners, notebooks, and erasers. While these items are great to include in the boxes, items such as candy, toothpaste, food, liquids, breakables, and damaged goods are not to be included.
In order to contribute you can volunteer year-round, during National Collection Week, or at one of the eight processing centers around the country and participate in packing and boxing the items, in order to get them ready for distribution. Collection week for 2018 ranges from November 12-19th.
If you are interested in dropping off items and boxes, Mr. Lunsford’s church, Fairview Baptist, is a local drop-off center.
For more information, check out the website below!