Operation Christmas Child was a civic service project that packed shoe boxes filled with toys and sent them to third world countries. The project wouldn’t have been a success without the generous donations and participation of the parents of Cedar Ridge Academy International Private Therapeutic Boarding School students. During the October seminar, parents donated 3 big boxes full of random toys, accessories and school supplies. As the Christmas season approached, many of us don’t think about how fortunate we are to be receiving gifts every Christmas. This sadly isn’t the reality of many young children living in developing countries. Through the Operation Christmas Child humanitarian organization, the boys and girls here were able to bring some of the joy that we get on Christmas, to other not as fortunate children around the world.
|Thank you for the generous toy donations!|
After talking with some of the parents and students who donated, many of them said they had an enjoyable time when they went out to buy toys. I know for me personally, it brought back a lot of childhood memories as I was in the store and buying Hot Wheels and yo-yos. I still vividly remember my childhood was filled with toy cars and toy soldiers and all the countless hours I spent on Saturday morning playing with them. It was a humbling experience as well because I knew that I was going to be bringing smiles to other people who were not as fortunate.
|We packed so many boxes!|
Back at Cedar Ridge, a few of the students began on the journey of deciding what to pack for the shoe boxes. We tore open all the packaging around the newly bought toys and set on the journey of thinking about what a boy or girl in a certain age group would enjoy playing with. It definitely surprised me with the volume of donations that we received. At first, I was worried that we were only going to be able to pack 3-4 boxes. At the end, we packed a fabulous amount of 14 boxes. 1 box we mainly filled with school supplies and donated it to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots foundation. The other 13 shoe boxes, we donated it to the local Roosevelt Baptist Church and they were all dropped off at an Operation Christmas Child pick-up location. The service project truly was an amazing experience for everybody who participated in it. I believe that the organization is wonderful in being able to share some of the joy and love that we receive on Christmas to fellow children around the world.
|Showing off our boxes!|
|Thank you Operation Christmas Child for this great opportunity|
To learn more about this organization: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/