Every year the Cardinal Gibbons Key Club partners with the organization Samaritan's Purse to participate in "Operation Christmas Child," which helps provides small Christmas gifts to children around the world. On Monday, Nov. 25, numerous Key Club members delivered dozens of shoeboxes for "Operation Christmas Child" to the Samaritan's Purse distribution center during the organization's "National Collection Week."
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that helps address the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine. Each year, Samaritan's Purse hosts "Operation Christmas Child," which collects shoeboxes full of small gifts and personal hygiene items, such as soap and toothbrushes, for children who may not be receiving any Christmas gifts this year. Some Key Club members even included personal notes in the boxes, wishing the recipient a Merry Christmas. All boxes donated will be delivered to children in over 100 countries on Christmas Day.
According to Key Club moderator Mrs. Susan Quailey, volunteers at the distribution center expressed how each year they always look forward to the donations made by Cardinal Gibbons due to the consistently high number of shoeboxes and gifts donated each year.