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Operation Christmas Child
10 Sep 2021

For over 22 years, King's has supported the work of Samaritan's Purse through Operation Christmas Child with the collection of OCC boxes as our Term 3 Service Learning Project. It is always a delight to watch many young hands carry their packed boxes to school on the collection day. There is always great excitement as students watch the pile of boxes grow as students arrive at the Assembly, and then as the boxes are loaded into vehicles to be taken to the processing centre.

Over the last few weeks, students and their families have been busy packing boxes ready to bring to our whole School Assembly this week. Senior School students have had 'Buy and Pack' days together this week and Year 6-Year 9 Buddies have spent time packing their boxes together.

Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for us to bless children in need across the world by filling shoeboxes with good quality toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. The boxes are distributed in the name of Jesus to children living in vulnerable situations. As we have packed boxes, we have considered buying things that are good quality and sustainable, rather than many cheap, easily broken items as well as considering packaging, so we don’t send soft plastics etc. to another country to deal with.

We have had a wonderful donation of beanies from an Early Year’s grandma, made through a Charity she works for. Another generous donation of plastic bowls came from one of our Junior School families. Thank you!

Many families have traditions based around how they pack a box. In some families, each child packs a box for a child a similar age to them; other families have a set day that they go and buy items to pack; some collect items through the year; and in some families, Grandma and Grandpa help to buy and pack. Does your family have an ‘OCC boxing tradition’? We’d love to hear about it!

Thank you to everyone who has been involved again this year. As we often say at King’s, ‘We are blessed to be a blessing!’

Kathryn Churchett, Director of Spiritual Formation