A’burg Public School students brighten Christmas of less fortunate

Jonathan Herbert, Deshaun Chambers, Taylor Fortier and Hannah Deguerre sit infront of the over 200 shoe boxes that will be given to needy children across the world this Christmas.

By Joel Charron

Colourful decorated shoe boxes sat in the foyer of Amherstburg Public School, piled like a Christmas tree.

Packed with all sorts of children’s goodies, the boxes will be whisked away to those less fortunate in third world countries.

The project is called Operation: Christmas Child, a project that Amherstburg Public School secretary Christine Breshamer brought to the school three years ago.


“It’s basically for children who don’t have a lot or can’t attend school because they don’t have enough supplies or clothing,” said Breshmer.

Operation: Christmas Child is run through an organization called Samaritan’s Purse, who has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970.

According to Breshamer the shoe boxes are filled with pencils, paper, crayons, coloured pencils, candy, clothing, personal hygiene items and books.

“It’s about sending things that kids can use at home or at school,” explained Breshamer. “In certain countries they don’t have school supplies, they don’t have a lot of clothes.”

After three years of participating in Operation: Christmas Child, Breshamer said the school has fully embraced the project with open hearts.

Last year Amherstburg Public collected 107 shoeboxes, this year they more doubled that number, collecting 218 boxes.

“This year the kids embraced it like I’ve never seen,” said Breshamer. “The kids are very excited about it.”

Breshamer said the student have a better understanding as to where the shoe boxes are shipped to, the children who receive them and the impact the shoe boxes have on other children’s lives.

“Things that we take for granted like pencils or erasers, mean a lot more to people who don’t have stuff like that,” she explained.

Grade 8 student Brittney Korman, 13, said while putting together the boxes, she felt a sense of pride.

“During all the holidays we ask for things and we get them, meanwhile there are children in other countries that don’t get anything. Some of them don’t have homes and even proper clothes,” said Korman. “Our parents are worried about bundling us up while children in Africa are worried about food.”

Korman said she is also very proud of the entire Amherstburg Public student body.

“I think our school really stepped it up. A lot of children will be very thankful,” she said. “Our school has always been the type of school that thinks about other people and wants to help.”

The shoe boxes were delivered to Amherstburg Community Church on Saturday, Nov. 26, which will then be delivered to a church in Windsor, who is responsible for delivering the boxes to the selected countries.


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