Several Warren County Middle School students understand the concept of ’tis better to give than to receive as they donated 144 shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child this year.
Interact sponsors Susan Barrett and Kevin Dunlap, along with Interact members Bunker Brock, Grant Hitchcock, Luke Hoover and Jackson Noblin, dropped off the boxes Thursday to First United Methodist Church which is the drop-off point in Warren County. The boxes were donated by Interact and Beta Club students at WCMS.
Hoover said he participated in the project because “it feels really good to help someone who needs it.”
Barrett said, “We have been doing this for almost 10 years. It keeps getting bigger every year. The kids really have a great time putting boxes together, learning where boxes are going and they know that may be the only present that child gets all year long. This has taught them to empathize with others. It has also taught them to be more appreciative of what they’ve got.”
Brock serves as president of the Interact Club. He said, “Donating shoeboxes feels like the right thing to do because a lot of people around the world are not as privileged as we are in America.”
Noblin was excited about his donation which he says was geared toward a boy. “I think he will enjoy the little football I sent. I hope he is able to see the note I put in there, also. It said, ‘Have a very enjoyable Christmas from the Noblin family.’”
First United Methodist pastor James Johnson is new to the church in Warren County, having only been there four-and-a-half months. He said, “My impression is it is an opportunity to share a gift and love with children around the world with a message of Jesus Christ’s love and grace. The people who share the gifts are blessed as much as the people who receive them.”
Operation Christmas Child coordinator Debbie Patterson said the church collected 2,089 boxes as of Friday morning, just shy of its goal of 2,410 boxes.
“We still have boxes coming in. I am excited. I’m confident we will go over. I would love to see 5,000 boxes here. I hope we get over 3,000 boxes,” said Patterson.
Shoeboxes will be accepted at First United Methodist Church from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, which is the final drop off day for Operation Christmas child this year.