by Abby Eads
The Erie High School (EHS) has been collecting donations from students in a challenge between classes to see who can bring in the most items that fit inside a shoebox and are appropriate to give to children. They are calling this Operation Shoebox! These shoeboxes will be filled with all sorts of donations from toys to school supplies. At the end of the drive the shoeboxes are shipped to kids around the world who wouldn't usually be getting anything for Christmas. These shoeboxes will be packed with the items brought in by students and given to a church in the area to be sent out to children all over the world.
The idea of EHS hosting a drive for Operation Shoebox came about when Mrs. Proeger mentioning it could be an excellent service project. Madison Newton and Hannah Schanze decided to take on this challenge, and became chairman for project. When asked if they'd like this to become an annual tradition in the high school, they said that they hoped it would continue on throughout the years. They went on to discuss how good of a cause this is: “We hope to make these children's day. It's sad to think that these are the only gifts they will receive for the holidays.
The drive is still going on, and will be until Friday, November 3. Any students reading, feel free to donate, and any parents or grandparents out there seeing this, feel free to give a high school student something to donate. It's been a two-week project, and everything counts.
This operation is run by Samaritan's Purse. Here is their website: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/. Feel free to check it out! You can find a list of items you can donate.The drive for the high school is still going on, along with drives in several churches in the area, like the Erie United Methodist or the Erie Evangelical Free Church. Give to your heart's content out for the spirit of the upcoming season and to those who need it most!