The Advent Season and the coming of the celebration of the birth of Christ is upon us once again! While it may be easy to get caught up in the holiday rush, our generous children and families here at North Shore Christian School are are once again partnering up with the Christian organization, New Missions to help spread a little love this season to the children of Haiti, one of the most physically, spiritually, and emotionally impoverished countries in the Western Hemisphere. This year marks our school community’s 8th year of participation in the Shoebox Drive.
Starting after Thanksgiving weekend, our 3rd and 4th grade students from the NSCS Beverly Campus began the joyous process of leading the charge to give to those in need and sharing God’s love at this special time of year. During Chapel, our students presented the Shoebox Drive to the NSCS community through a short skit that told students and teachers more about what the Haiti Shoe Box Drive is, why it matters to children in Haiti, and ways they can be involved this Christmas. Families interested in participating were asked to fill a shoebox with small items such as: toys, toiletries, school supplies, clothing, and cards. In the past few years our generous families have compiled hundreds of boxes to send to these children.
The Shoebox Drive is one that is near to our hearts, not only because it teaches God’s love, but also because we have seen several of our graduates bring this program to the high schools that they choose after moving on from NSCS. We have heard from teachers and administrators in surrounding communities that they, too, have adopted the Shoebox Drive program because our alumni have introduced it into their school communities. It is a joy to witness the enthusiasm our students have for this project. Many NSCS families have kindly filled multiple boxes and made it truly a family event of giving. Perhaps the most valued items that go into these shoeboxes are not the toys, books, or supplies, but rather the intangible items – the love, hope, and faith of the children from the North Shore Christian School family.
Ms. MacDavitt, our 3rd & 4th grade teacher remarks that “One of the things I look forward to most every year at Christmas is our annual Haiti Shoe Box Drive at North Shore Christian School! It is a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love in a tangible way with children in Haiti, who might not otherwise receive Christmas presents. I often find myself waiting in anxious anticipation during the month of December to see what God is going to do with our Shoe Box Drive. In years past, we’ve seen God move in HUGE ways and do some really amazing things as we’ve sent hundreds of shoeboxes to Haiti. I’m excited to see what God will do this year, how He’ll use us and the contents of the boxes we fill, to bring joy, love, and His Good News to others. Would you join us in our efforts to share a little Christmas with Haiti this year? Packed shoeboxes can be brought to the Beverly Campus office anytime between now and Christmas, and more information on how to pack/what to pack can be found there, too. Will you help us share God’s love this Christmas?”
For more information about the New Mission Shoebox Drive visit their website, which offers a list of items that can be included as well as more about ways to spread the love of Christ with others. Don’t forget to deliver your Shoeboxes by December 19th!