The program provides boxes, about the size of a shoebox to organizations willing to fill them with items that underprivileged youth can enjoy. Operation Christmas Child serves children ranging in age from 2-14. Along with PHS FFA Advisor, Kelli Hoffman, four chapter members: Julia Lipply, Sarah Lindvall, Makayla Fox and Tucker Pletcher, spent an evening shopping for items to fill the shoeboxes. They successfully filled two boxes for girls aged 7-9 and one box for a boy about same age. The boxes were filled with items ranging from toys to hygiene items, brushes, bracelets, jump ropes, candy, body wash and shampoo.
Not only did the Plymouth FFA help make Christmas more enjoyable for children across the United States and World filling the boxes for Operation Christmas Child, they also donated money to help fund the annual Christmas Party that will be held at Plymouth High School over Christmas Vacation. The purpose of the party is to provide holiday cheer for children in the local community that would otherwise not have such a cheerful holiday season.
As part of a school-wide initiative members of Plymouth FFA also participated in their school’s food drive. FFA members brought food from home to donate to the local food bank during the holiday season.
Photo:Left to right: Tucker Pletcher, Sarah Lindvall, Makayla Fox and Julia Lipply with their “Operation Christmas Child” boxes.
Sarah Lindvall Correspondent