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Bruins deliver good cheer with Operation Christmas Child

Seniors Bridgitte Anderson and Ella Beardsley took part in Operation Christmas Child. Photo by Jared Pittsley

Bear River students sent good tidings to families in need this holiday season.

Government Teacher Jeff Carrow got the Bruins in his classes to participate in this year’s Operation Christmas Child, put on by Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian humanitarian aid organization that provides aid to people in need. The event ended on November 18th.

Mr. Carrow explained what the event was all about.

“They’re shoe boxes that are a part of a national charity that are filled with toiletries … school and art supplies for kids who live in underdeveloped places,” he said. “It’s just a fundraiser. … We’re just helping.”

Mr. Carrow was pleased with this year’s turnout.

“I think I counted about 30 [shoeboxes],” he said. “Some years we’ve had 40, some years 20. So it’s good.”

Mr. Carrow has made many memories with Operation Christmas Child and enjoys participating.

“I’d probably go back with this one about a dozen years,” he said. “I’ve been… doing this for a long time.”

“Its one of my favorite things. My daughters and I have been doing these shoe boxes since they were little kids, so it’s a really big memory,” he added. “I love children. I think that helping children that are from less fortunate situations feels really good and is very important. It’s very heartwarming and it’s one of my favorite charities of the year.”

Students enjoyed helping others through Operation Christmas Child.

“It just makes me feel good to give back to people who are less fortunate,” said Breeze Davis, a senior. “I’ve done it every year. … I like it.”

“It was really fun and it feels really good to be giving to families in need … and it’s really exciting,” said Allison Barbao, a senior. “I just like doing it and giving back to others.”

“It’s cool knowing you’re gonna help people have a great  holiday season,” said Lilly Cummings-Smith, a sophomore.

Students encouraged others to participate in Operation Christmas Child.

“If you wanna give back it’s an easy way to do it. It doesn’t cost money and it’s fun,” said Davis.

“I think more people should do it because it’s fun,” said Barbao.

“Everyone’s always been super supportive of it. … It’s a fun thing to do. Especially picking all the presents,” said Smith.

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Bruins deliver good cheer with Operation Christmas Child