Travel club participates in Operation Christmas Child

The Travel Club packaged their collected items into a small box, preparing to send them off to Operation Christmas Child. Items collected included pens, pencils, balls, scarves, and hairbrushes. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Daumen)

Throughout November, Leesville Road High School’s Travel Club collected and donated items for Operation Christmas Child: a project hosted by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization that serves children all around the world.

Through this organization, children in over 100 countries receive Christmas gifts that they otherwise would not receive. The gifts–packed in shoe boxes by members of the Travel Club–are personally tailored to the children that will eventually receive the gifts.

The boxes include small toys, games, activities, craft materials, and hygienic items. After filling a box with all of the donated items, Operation Christmas Child ships off the shoebox to the children of various countries in need.

As an honors club, the Travel Club must complete an annual service project. This year–the club’s first year participating in a service project–the Travel Club decided to reach out to countries all over the globe, tying in with the club’s purpose of discovering the world.

“We chose this specific charity because it’s one that positively affects people all around the world. In Travel Club we love including all kinds of people. Making a positive effect on people that live in these places that we dream of exploring is the least we can do to make sure everyone can have a merry Christmas,” said Eliza Bohinski, senior and secretary of the Travel Club.

Through the Travel Club’s donations, a child in need will now be able to open gifts on Christmas morning.

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