Key Club: Operation Christmas Child


Adelyn Ruiz

There’s nothing better than being able to help those that are less fortunate. Every year, an organization named Samaritan’s Purse holds what is called Operation Christmas Child. They get Goodwill and the Teachings of Christ to help with items to give to children in other countries that are less fortunate.

Clearfield Area Junior/Senior High’s Key Club has participated in this wonderful operation for five years now but have been on their own since 2019. What Key Club focuses on is collecting boxes and filling them with “wow items” and hygiene products that kids of different ages can use. I spoke to one of the Key Club advisors, Mrs. Borden, to see how many boxes they managed to fill: “This year we had the most filled through Key Club ever; we had 120 boxes.”

Students gathered in the library at CAJSHS and either packaged the items they personally bought to fill their box, or picked from an assortment of school materials, non-liquid hygiene products, and toys. Several people also purchased clothing items and shoes to incorporate into their boxes, along with a personal handwritten Christmas card. Mrs. Borden stated, “We don’t actually know where they go unless you pay to track your box. Which you can do when you purchase the shipping for a box, but the shipping centers are located in Baltimore and in North Carolina. From there they go to third world countries where kids are in need.”

No matter the amount of packages, there is nothing better than coming together as a club and helping Operation Christmas Child package boxes for those in need.