School packs boxes for Operation Christmas Child

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Students at Gethsemane Lutheran School spent their Monday morning packing shoe boxes with gifts for children who otherwise would not receive a present this season.

"One of the values we have here is teaching the kids how to help others and so we do projects throughout the whole year where kids are serving other people," Lorna Kemper, principal of Gethsemane Lutheran said.

Children and families bring in miscellaneous items to package -- including socks, toothpaste, and stuffed animals.

"These boxes are going to go to kids all over the world and a lot of kids that receive them, this will be the first gift they've ever received their entire life," Kemper said.

The school does this as part of their Operation Child Packing Party, an annual tradition at Gethsemane.

"Last year we packed 186 boxes and we hope to break 200 this year," Kemper said.

This week is collection week for the shoeboxes. If you want to get involved like these students, check out the drop off location here.