ETX school contributes to 'Operation Christmas Child'

ETX school contributes to 'Operation Christmas Child'

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - For more than 20 years, an East Texas school has been spreading Christmas joy across the globe, one gift-filled shoebox at a time.

Boxes fill the hallways of Grace Community High School. It's a temporary view for students as the school is one of the drop-off sites for the national campaign "Operation Christmas Child."

These shoeboxes are filled with gifts and hygiene products that will be sent out to children in need around the world. Elaine Florey, a volunteer coordinator, said simple items can bring so much joy to children living in tough conditions.

"It can be war-related, natural disasters, poverty," said Florey. "It's just situations that are desperate."

So far, this school has received 900 shoeboxes, and their goal is to send out over 1200 boxes this Christmas season.

To participate, all you need is a shoebox, decide if it's for a girl or boy, and fill it with gifts. With a $9 donation you can track where the box you donated ends up.

Florey said whether it's people donating, or the students helping to pack shipment, it is all about a community's  effort to spread Christmas joy.

"A lot of times it is the only gift they have ever gotten," said Florey. "We take for granted so often. For us it's just a small way to share God's love with kids that need hope."

For a full list of drop-off locations and gift suggestions and rules click here.

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