Chirstmas child

Volunteers hoped to collect enough supplies and money to contribute 50 shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child; they wound up with 119 shoeboxes plus the money to ship them.

Smoky Mountain Student Council, FCA more than double goal

 

The Smoky Mountain High School Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes set out to collect enough supplies and money to contribute 50 shoeboxes to this year’s Operation Christmas Child. They more than doubled that goal with 119 shoeboxes and the money to ship them.

The program, sponsored by international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, provides children in need around the world and on Native American reservations with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies in a box the size of a typical shoebox.

SMHS Student Council worked to collect donations to fill the boxes while FCA collected the $1,071 needed to ship them. Contributors included SMHS students and staff, Lighthouse Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Buff Creek Baptist Church, Ochre Hill Baptist Church, SMHS National Honor Society and AAA Green Brothers Well Drilling.

“We couldn’t have done any of this without the donations from all of these great organizations and our students and staff,” said MaKellyn Mathis, president of the SMHS senior class. “The Smoky Mountain High School Student Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes thank everyone for helping us exceed our goal by such a large amount. We are so happy to provide these resources to children in need.”

The boxes will be shipped out by the middle of December with delivery expected anytime between Christmas and the early part of the new year.