This year the Elkin Middle School Jr. Beta Club is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to take part in “Operation Christmas Child.” This organization is a nonprofit establishment that spends the year collecting shoeboxes from around the country to ship to children in third world countries. Volunteers and staff travel with the boxes and personally deliver them to children while giving them a lesson about the importance of Jesus in their lives. At the end, each child has a shoebox full of gifts and a Bible with his or her name in it.
For years, this organization has been delivering Christmas in a box to children everywhere, and this year the Beta Club has decided to lend a hand by packing its very own shoeboxes. Every member was given a cardboard cutout of a box that they then folded up and filled up.
“[This project] showed me how fortunate I am,” said Jasmine Gutierrez. “It felt good to know that because of me, [a child] would have something to look forward to on Christmas.”
For many members this was their first box and several people, along with Jasmine, were eager to share their feelings on the topic. “It made me feel good to know how much of a difference I could make with just one shoebox,” said Madeline Morphis.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the prospect of making a difference, and it is best summed up by Abbey Dumas, a returning shoebox veteran — “It feels so good to give instead of receive for once.”
At the end of the donation period, the club was able to secure 35 boxes and successfully ship them off to the main processing unit in Charlotte. Another day, another chance to change the life of a less fortunate child.
Harper Lee Libbet is a member of the Elkin Middle School Jr. Beta Club.