Operation Christmas Child Record Boxes!
Students and parents manage to collect almost 300 shoe boxes as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box Appeal.
Every year, Saint Aidan’s, together with 100s of other organisations and individuals in the Fylde and Wyre area joins Samaritan’s Purse in the Shoe Box Appeal. Some might just know it under the project name “Operation Christmas Child” which nicely describes what the project is about. The boxes get collected and sent to children in other countries which otherwise would not have the blessing of a present this Christmas. No matter if you get a toy truck, teddy or much needed hygiene items the most important thing is that you feel loved and remembered at a time of year that is often cold and lonely for many children in this world. That is what it’s all about.
It is so nice that Saint Aidan’s as a school and all the students and staff as individuals can join in and help to make this happen. As in the last three years we have again managed to break our previous records. 2016 was no different. We topped last year’s 177 by over 100 boxes with a grand total of 280 boxes! That means 280 children and young people will be receiving presents from the Saint Aidan’s family this year, who would otherwise probably not have had anything.
Of the 280 boxes this year over 200 came directly from our school and the others came from local churches and primary schools.
The school’s Chaplain, Markus Geibel, said, “It’s great to serve them as a drop off point and partnering with them in this and seeing that the Saint Aidan’s family stretches far and wide. My opinion is that this project is one of the greatest things we can get involved in before Christmas and that it is such a blessing to be able to bless nearly 300 people in different countries around the world from a little place like Preesall.”
The boxes are sent on their way end of November and Saint Aidan’s students can’t wait to see some of the pictures of smiling faces that are more than enough reward for this.
Every year the students find it mind boggling that some people, even in Europe, do not necessarily receive presents for Christmas and they enjoy the possibility of contributing a tiny bit to other children’s happiness
Markus Geibel added, “I am always impressed but not too surprised at people’s generosity in our immediate and wider school family. I’m not surprised because I see them giving to so many different people, charities and projects all year long. I am still surprised every time though that even as it goes towards the end of the year people still have the loving kindness to provide these toys and other blessings to hundreds of young people they will never meet. We, as a family, are literally making hundreds of people’s Christmas special! Amazing!”