Operation: Christmas Child gets boost from community


By Joel Charron

Colourful decorated show 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.


Zared Steen, Samantha Nemeth and Carson Harrison sit in front of the 198 boxes Amherstburg Public put together.

“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, which has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970.

According to Breshamer the show 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

The Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. 157 handed over 35 colourful boxes to Operation: Christmas Child area coordinator Pam Hatchell.

fully embraced the project with open hearts.

This year the students put together 198 boxes.

The Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. 157 also contributed to Operation: Christmas Child.

The Ladies Auxiliary recently handed 35 colourful boxes over to area coordinator Pam Hatchell and community relation coordinator Karin Applebee.

‘The children who receive these boxes are so incredibly grateful,” said Hatchell. “It is truly a life changing experience for these children.”

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