Cardington students pack it up for OCC
By Evelyn Long –
Packing 94 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child — Samaritan Purse were Cardington-Lincoln first grade students whose excitement while carrying out the project will only be surpassed by that of the youngsters who will open them in other parts of the world.
The shoe boxes, pre-wrapped with Christmas paper, were each filled in an assembly line fashion from containers filled with a variety of items for children.
Melissa Deems, first grade teacher, in whose classroom the packing took place, had placed on the tables containers, some with something to love, some with something for school; others held something to wear, something to play with; and others with something for personal hygiene, etc. The variety included books, tablets, notebooks, tooth paste, combs, tooth brushes, glue, crayons, colored pencils, pens, toys, erasers, “Twizzles,” yo yo’s, etc.
Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham, is president and CEO of Samaritan Purse, a program initiated in 1970 that has helped the sick and needy in over 100 countries. Operation Christmas Child began 20 years as part of the Samaritan Purse Program. Deems said this year the 100 millionth shoe box will be delivered. The boxes are taken to Galion Free Methodist Church and Gilead Christian School from where they are picked up by trucks and taken to an appointed pick up point.
The love and caring concern of these Cardington-Lincoln students will be packed in those boxes along with the variety of “gifts.”
The teachers of the other classes participating are Kathy Gardner, Diane Tucker, Ashley Volk and Melissa Hughes.