By: Annaeliese Clark and Morgan Hurst
During the holiday season, people are always busy preparing by making meals, decorating, celebrating and, of course, buying, wrapping, giving, and receiving gifts. As we write our letters to Santa telling him our Christmas wish list, it is easy to forget how blessed we truly are. That is why the holiday season is a great time to give back to the community and help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The Christmas Shoebox project is just that; hosted by the Samaritans Purse, it is an excellent way for people to give back to the community and give Christmas gifts to impoverished children around the world. Started in 1993, this project has been able to deliver over 135 million Christmas presents to children who have possibly never received a present. All it takes to participate is a simple shoebox, a few cute toys and possibly some toiletries. Our Lady of Lourdes, headed by the National Honor Society, once again took part in the project as it has become a tradition in the school going on its eleventh year. This project is the perfect way for students to partake in a charity project and give back to the community to help children in need. Although the school had a shorter time line this year to get the presents packed and shipped out, the school was able to pull together to get the presents out and sent off just in time for the Christmas season. Hopefully, this project will continue to grow in the years to come, and continue to gain support.