The Vernon High School Beta Club and Key Club have joined forces this year to package gifts to be sent to children around the world. On Tuesday, November 1, students gathered together to begin organizing the first of many boxes that will be ready for shipment on November 17.
According the Samaritan’s Purse website, Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, and uses gift-filled shoeboxes to provide happiness to children in need around the world.
Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.
In 2016, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children. Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S., Australia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the U.K. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 150,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.
The Beta Club and Key Club welcomes the help of the community to make this project a success. The Clubs are currently collecting items such as pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, coloring books, tooth brushes, bar soap, wash clothes, combs, brushes, dolls and other exciting items for children.
Please bring any donations to the Vernon High School Main Office no later than November 14th. Financial donations are also welcomed.
For more information please email Sally Brock, Beta Club Sponsor, at email@example.com or Kevin Russell, Key Club Sponsor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.