Wednesday November 27, 2013
Each year the Chamberlin School’s Out Afterschool Program tries to involve the children and families in community outreach. In past years they’ve organized walks to support Breast Cancer research and Cystic Fibrosis, and made dog biscuits for the humane society. This year they decided to widen their scope and look globally by participating in Operation Christmas Child.
Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child expects to collect another 9.8 million shoebox gifts in 2013.
The staff at School’s Out set a goal to fill 10 shoeboxes and raise $100 dollars to cover the cost of shipping. For the past month the students have been collecting toys, school supplies, hygiene items and handmade cards to fill the boxes. Two days shy of the deadline they not only reached their goal, but surpassed it.
“We talked to the children about what it might feel like to not receive any gifts at Christmas time and how we could make a difference,” said Allison Monniere, School’s Out staff member. “They became very eager to make a difference in other children’s lives.”
The children responded enthusiastically at the completion of their project. “We hope that they have a good Christmas,” said Malin Bolton. Josie Oliveira added, “It’s for a very good cause.”