The true meaning…

By on December 23, 2014

 

Shown with their box is: Brooke Rathman, Haley Rathman, Megan Zook, Abigail Kachel, Lauren Kachel, Elizabeth Hoffman, Serena Eberly, Piper Snow, and Leah Knepper.

Shown with their box is: Brooke Rathman, Haley Rathman, Megan Zook, Abigail Kachel, Lauren Kachel, Elizabeth Hoffman, Serena Eberly, Piper Snow, and Leah Knepper.

A group of middle school girls recently celebrated Abby Kachel’s 13th birthday by packing and donating 12 shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to Operation Christmas Child, who ships the boxes to needy children around the world.
The idea came from the birthday girl herself, who wanted to give gifts to others less fortunate this year instead of receiving the usual birthday gifts.
“I got the idea by seeing my parents donate a box or two for the past few years. I wanted to do something a little bigger,” Abby said.
She requested that her friends either bring items to put in the boxes or donate a few dollars toward buying gifts to pack.
During the party, the girls shopped for the gifts, choosing to buy for either a boy or girl in a specific age range. Next, they packed their box and wrote a personalized letter to send around the world to the child who would soon open their gifts.
According to its website, Operation Christmas Child has sent 113 million shoebox gifts to children since 1993. O.C.C. hopes to collect another 10 million boxes to be distributed to over 100 countries this year. Boxes are collected from 12 different countries and are packed throughout the year in nine packing centers across the states from Baltimore to Honolulu.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child, visit: samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.

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