Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA), with the help of local churches, are sending boxes full of eleven items to children in need around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.
LeAndra Willis, who teaches high school English and theatre, said that kids in orphanages or poverty in multiple countries will receive a box.
“It’s a combination of hygiene items as well as toys and then also school supplies for like creative elements,” she said.
There were 11 items per box, and a total of 505 boxes were packed by students from all three school levels for SMLCA. More than 200 kids helped from the high school and junior high school levels, and they had more than 100 children from the elementary school assisting with the project, directed by Judy Wilmoth. School staff helped as well.
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