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  • Writer's pictureJuliana Maddox

CHS Gets in the Giving Season: Operation Christmas Child Donation Drive

The bells are starting to ring as the Holiday season is approaching. Columbus High School is participating in a fundraiser to help some underprivileged children have a merry and bright holiday season.

Seren Gittens (11) and Caroline Beatty (11) are a dynamic duo that partnered together this holiday season to head the Operation Christmas drive.

Operation Christmas Child is a project facilitated by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. The mission of this project is to “provide local partners around the world with shoe boxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.”

The donations are sent around the world to places that are affected by things like poverty, war, natural disasters, famine, and disease.

Samaritan's Purse was originally started in the United Kingdom, and they have been a part of this project for over 20 years and delivered shoeboxes to over 100 million children.

Columbus High School is holding a competition between the grade levels and the individual homerooms to increase interest and donations. Each grade level has been assigned a certain type of item to donate, and the donations can be given to your homeroom teacher.

The freshmen have been assigned to bring in toiletries such as bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, band-aids, washcloths, deodorant, and other basic hygiene items.

Sophomores are asked to bring in clothing items for children ages 2 to 14.

The juniors should bring in toys that are appropriate for both boys and girls ages 2 to 14.

Seniors should bring in art supplies such as crayons, chalk, coloring books, and craft supplies.

The homeroom with the most donations for each grade level gets to have either a pizza or donut party and gets to help children have a holly jolly Christmas.


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