Key Club helps children around the world 

By Emily Hickman

Danville, Ill. - We take many things for granted, like the toys and clothes we have. But, most importantly, many Americans take our education for granted. We don’t have to have every supply on our list in order to go to school. We can borrow what we can’t get. However, in some countries in the Middle East, children cannot go to school unless the have all the supplies on their list, and that's not easy in a country where most people are poor. Everyone should find a way to help those less fortunate and Operation Christmas Child is an easy way to do just that.

This year marked Danville High School Key Club’s first year participating in Operation Christmas Child. The club hopes that they will be participating in this project for many more years to come. Key Club collected school supplies Nov. 13 to Nov. 17 to send in for this project. When Key Club president Eavie Foreman was asked why she suggested the supply drive, she said,  “ It was an idea I found in the newspaper, and I thought it was something Key Club could be involved with. ”

While there were a lot of school supplies collected, there were many teachers whose box for donations were empty. Key Club is hoping to garner better participation in the future.

Operation Christmas Child is a foundation started by Bob Pierce in 1970. Pierce was inspired to start this foundation after visiting children who were suffering on Koje-do, an island in Korea. When Pierce died in 1978, Franklin Graham continued Pierce’s work with the foundation. The goal of this foundation is to send a shoe box filled with things to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S. Since 1993, Operation Christmas have delivered more than 135 million shoe boxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

In one third-world country, a seven year-old boy received a shoebox that changed his life. This boy was well-known as a difficult child, both at home and church. This boy was often hyper and misbehaving; he made Sunday School a challenge for his teachers. Still, his teachers invited him to the outreach event for children. The little boy was even disruptive at the event, and thought that because of his behavior, he would not receive a gift. When he received a box, it made a huge difference in his life. After receiving the box, he started collecting money to give to others and this surprised his mom.

Key Club collected school supplies, from DHS staff and students . This included the basic stuff like, glue stick; folders; loose leaf paper; pencils; and pens. If you didn’t get a chance to donate supplies this year and are interested in doing this next time, keep this in mind for next year. You can always make a shoebox of your own. To get more information, visit the  website:

Operation Christmas Child - Quick Facts

  • Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S.,Australia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the U.K.

  • More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide and more than 100,000 of them in the U.S.

  • The foundation is faith based

  • Founded in 1970

  • Founders are Robert Pierce (Bob Pierce) and Franklin Graham


Posted by BartlettJ On 19 December, 2017 at 9:52 AM