— DANVILLE – Students at St. Joseph School smashed their previous donation records for Operation Christmas Child, which sends Christmas gifts to needy families around the world.
Students were tasked with filling a shoe box with gifts, including toys and school supplies, to send to children located in poor towns around America as well as third-world countries. Students could label the box as being for a boy or a girl and whether it was appropriate for ages 2 through 4, 5 through 9 or 10 through 14.
In total, the students donated 139 boxes worth of goods, with members of the St. Joseph Church collecting another 57 boxes.
St. Joseph has been participating in the donation drive since 2003 and usually collects 100 boxes between both the school and the church, said coordinator and parish member Cheryl Patton.
“It’s a record. I was very happy,” she said. “People are still giving, that’s good.”
Students in grades first through eight participated and started collecting materials in October. “They were very enthusiastic,” said first-grade teacher Lisa Warriner. “Parents kept saying our children want to find everything in our house (to donate) and they’re taking our last soap.”
School staff had challenged the school to donate 101 boxes, which would earn them a pizza and ice cream party. They easily succeeded.
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