The students at Kempsey Adventist School (KAS) love a challenge and recently achieved amazing results. School Chaplain, Mr Kieren Jackson introduced Kirri Hawes—from Operation Christmas Child (OCC), to the school body and challenged the students to serve the less fortunate. OCC is a unique project of Samaritan’s Purse that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes.
Each class was inspired to fill one box, meaning the school would donate 15 boxes. KAS students and teachers were kept busy, coming up with ways to increase the total. Some classes divided items and compiled boxes together, while other families from KAS donated boxes themselves. Members from Kempsey Seventh-day Adventist church decided to get involved and donated knitted teddies to go into the boxes.
Every year, generous people across the world lovingly pack shoeboxes with gifts – simple, yet powerful messages of God’s unconditional love.
Kieren Jackson with Kirri Hawes—from Operation Christmas Child
Every year, generous people across the world lovingly pack shoeboxes with gifts – simple, yet powerful messages of God’s unconditional love. OCC ship the boxes to countries where the children do not receive anything at Christmas time. When a child opens a shoebox, they’re opening more than a present lovingly prepared just for them. They’re opening up their community to a world of life-changing opportunities.
The KAS Year 6 class held a ‘Bibliathlon’, receiving sponsorship for reading the Bible through the night, along with their brave teacher, Mr Humphries and several enthusiastic parents. With their sponsorship money, they were able to purchase enough items to fill 93 boxes, an effort they should be extremely proud of. They also contributed nearly $A1000 towards the shipping costs for the boxes.
“Mrs Hawes was overwhelmed when she visited the school to collect the gifts. The final count of the boxes reached 268, a number she had never even contemplated, says Mr Rohan Deanshaw, principal of the Kempsey Adventist School.
“KAS is proud of the way their community-minded students and parents contributed so willingly to making the Christmas of 268 children in far off countries a very special one.”