Horizon boxes up ‘Christmas Child’

Good things went in small packages Monday.

Horizon Christian School students and staff loaded up 100 shoe boxes to be sent around the world, as part of the Operation Christmas Child program.

Over the past three weeks, students at Horizon packaged toys, pencils, toiletries and other objects into shoeboxes and carefully wrapped them up for international transport.

The journey started at the First Baptist Church parking lot, one of Horizon’s three campuses. The boxes next go to Portland and then abroad.

“It’s an opportunity to do service,” said Carol Yates, Horizon’s development director. “It helps our kids to consider the needs of other kids who don’t have very much, to think outside of themselves.” Horizon is a 170-student, K-12 private school based in Hood River.

Roxanne McClure, elementary and Spanish teacher, coordinated the Horizon shoebox drive. A group of Horizon senior high students accompanied McClure to Portland to deliver the school’s contribution, Yates said.

Operation Christmas Child is a part of the Samaritan’s Purse project, a ministry of Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham. Samaritan’s Purse, an international organization based in North Carolina, was founded in 1970.

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