We have kicked off our second quarter service project! We will be packing and collecting shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child! Your child should have received a brochure with instructions and details for how to pack a shoebox gift. The deadline to turn in these gifts is Thursday, November 15, as part of National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a special combined chapel service that day from 9-10 a.m. in our school gym. We will learn more about this ministry and hopefully share the specific countries where our shoebox gifts will be sent. 

Last year, our Southwest campus gave 332 shoebox gifts to this ministry and helped to share the Gospel in 10 different countries! Our goal this year is 350 SHOEBOX GIFTS! Our students have already shown so much excitement about this project and we can’t wait to see how the Lord will work through our efforts. 

NEW THIS YEAR – Every child who donates a shoebox gift will have their name put in a drawing for a free ticket to Newport Aquarium! We will draw winners from junior academy (preschool), elementary and middle school. The number of entries for a child’s name will equal the number of shoeboxes that the child turns in (ex. 3 shoebox gifts equals 3 times entered in the drawing). 

If you have any questions about what can or cannot be included in your shoebox gift, please contact Shannon Wilson at sewilson@caschools.us. 

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, you can visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.