Operation Christmas Child spreads Gryphon cheer around the world

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Ansley Tallent, Editor

Thomas Jefferson Gryphons worked Nov. 9 to make the holidays brighter for children around the world, filling boxes with toys, books, and hygiene and school supplies. Thomas Jefferson sponsored Operation Christmas Child to send toys and necessities to children around the world. This year, individual students organized the collection and packing of boxes instead of a school organization, as seen in the past.

“Operation Christmas Child is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse that seeks to provide a Christmas present to children all over the world who would not get to celebrate Christmas otherwise,” says Sydney Carpenter, who led the packing of boxes.

The items in these boxes are useful items- things that may not be easily accessible to the children receiving them. The boxes also include simple toys that have a greater meaning- love and compassion. “

Along with these extremely meaningful Christmas gifts, the children are introduced to and taught about Jesus with the hope that they will seek to form a relationship with God.”

These boxes are packed at individual locations- Carpenter led a “packing party.” The boxes were then taken to a Boone processing center where they are prayed over and sent all over the world. There is no one specific location that the boxes go, just to impoverished communities throughout the world. In 2017, according to Samaritan’s Purse, combined with all of the boxes sent from partnering countries, there was a record total of 11.4 million shoeboxes sent around the world. The goal of the organization is to spread the word of God with the hopes that the children receiving the boxes will form a relationship with God.

Thoughts and prayers are appreciated as the boxes travel around the world.