Emmanuel’s Lutheran students make boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Students of the National Junior Honor Society at Immanuel Lutheran School in Brandon collected boxes of gifts for Operation Christmas Child last month.

Students at the Emmanuel Lutheran School in Brandon are making Christmas brighter for children around the world. The National Junior Honor Society participated in Operation Christmas Child last month, collecting 150 gift boxes to give to children in need.

The group and its advisor Bonne Faherty imagined Operation Christmas Child in search of a service project worthy of the name.

Operation Christmas Child is a popular project coordinated by Samaritan’s Purse and used by churches and other groups to bless children in need around the world. Volunteers collect personal items, such as combs; brushes; toothbrushes; Wash cloths; bar soaps; dressings; clothing or accessories such as new shirts, socks, flip flops, hats, sunglasses, hair bows and friendship bracelets; and small toys, and put them in shoe boxes.

For more information on what to put in shoeboxes, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions.

“Churches and groups of all sizes pack shoeboxes every year to bless children in need around the world,” said the school’s director of admissions, Christal Trlak. “Parents often use the project to teach their children to give. Pastors around the world are organizing shoebox distributions to places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow him. Other churches are using the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, including a short video of children receiving their boxes, visit https://video.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child-overview-2021-short/.

The Lutheran Immanuel School, founded in 1980, offers classes for students from kindergarten to eighth grade with a comprehensive curriculum, including classes in computer science, physical education, Spanish, music, orchestra and other elective courses. The school also offers a track and field program comprising several sports during the school year with teams competing with other schools in the Tampa Bay Christian Athletic League.

The school’s mission is to share the love, joy, and peace of Jesus Christ with students and their families while developing Christian leaders through Bible teaching and the pursuit of academic excellence.

To learn more about the Emmanuel Lutheran School, located at 2913 John Moore Rd. In Brandon, call 685-1978 or visit www.ilsbrandon.com.

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