For the past 13 years, Maplewood Academy has been a Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry out of Samaritan’s Purse that brings gifts packed in shoeboxes, along with Bibles, to children in need all over the world. Every year for a week, Maplewood opens its doors to the community and collects these shoebox gifts from the surrounding churches, boy and girl scouts, and several other groups and individuals. This year we collected over 1,800 boxes, hitting an all-time record for Hutchinson.
During Collection Week, Maplewood’s National Honor Society organized a packing party for their peers, providing them with toys, candy, and hygiene items to pack into their gift boxes. Students packed over 60 boxes that night with donated items from faculty and staff.
Later this month Maplewood will be having a Christmas Service Night where students participate in Christmas themed service activities throughout the community – ringing bells for the Salvation Army, making cards for terminally ill children and soldiers, making cookies for community members, and volunteering for the Operation Christmas Child Collection Center in the Twin Cities. Here, our students will be sorting through boxes, taking out hazardous items, and preparing them for shipment out of the U.S.
This has been a great ministry that has helped our students see that the impact of something so small can make a huge difference in the lives of others. Please keep Maplewood in your prayers as we strive to teach our youth the importance of outreach through programs like this.
Laura Cummings, Maplewood Academy Registrar and V.P. of Student Life
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