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Storm Lake St. Mary's Completes 14th Year of Operation Christmas Child

November 22, 2021 9:08am

Storm Lake St. Mary's recently participated in the Operation Christmas Child service project.

The entire student body packed 176 shoe box gifts that were filled with toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene items. A school assembly was also held for students to gather and pray for all those involved in the transport of boxes and for those receiving the shoe box gifts.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of our staff, students, parents, and parishioners in making this project successful every year,” said 6-12 Principal Ryan Berg. “As a faith-based school dedicated to teaching the value of service, projects like this embody what we are about.”

Following the assembly, members of the St. Mary's Student Council loaded up the shoe box gifts so they could be taken to First Baptist Church, which is the local collection center for Operation Christmas Child. The gifts will eventually be shipped to countries around the world to help bring joy to children who may not receive any other gift for Christmas.

Shipping costs of the project were covered thanks to a second collection of weekend masses and donations of other generous individuals.

This is the 14th year Storm Lake St. Mary's has participated in the Operation Christmas Child project. Over that time span, a total of 2,249 shoe box gifts have been packed.

(Pictured Above : Father Brent Lingle prays a blessing over the boxes during the school assembly as student council members look on)