The students at St. Raphael in Burlington are doing their part this year to ensure that children worldwide can experience a joyful Christmas. With the advent season approaching, families and students at St. Raphael have once again collected items in support of Operation Christmas Child through the Good Samaritan’s Purse. Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on project that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes packed by Canadians. It is one way to remind children suffering as a result of war, poverty, famine, disease, and disaster that they are loved and not forgotten.
The students at St. Raphael collaborated with one another in their classrooms to create shoeboxes for boys and girls their age in countries affected by disaster. The items included everything from small toys to hygiene items, school supplies, and even kind messages with well wishes for the Advent season.
When asked why each person in her family creates a shoebox, Petra Hoover, a Grade 6 student, shared that “We have so many blessings to be thankful for, and my mom reminds us how important it is to share our blessings with everyone.” Her younger brother, Matthew Hoover in Grade 2, shared that “It’s fun! It makes me feel good to help others!”
By supporting this initiative, we are living out the Gospel message by serving Christ through our generosity to our fellow brothers and sisters. Special thanks to the St. Raphael school community, and all students, for their generosity and support during this initiative, and throughout the school year!
In total, 92 boxes were created, and delivered to a collection site in Burlington on Monday November 18th, 2019.