Kremmling students participate in Operation Christmas Child |

Kremmling students participate in Operation Christmas Child

Grand County, Colorado

West Grand High School National Honor Society students are participating in Operation Christmas Child, a community service project with the goal of making sure children across the world receive a Christmas gift.

Community members can participate by filling a shoe box with age-appropriate gifts and dropping it off at the high school library by Thursday, Nov. 20. Operation Christmas Child brochures with instructions are available at the West Grand High School office, Grand Hair Design in Kremmling or at

The society includes eight members: seniors Danette Billington, Sky Handyside, Rose Hargadine; juniors Erin Beason, Brook Cecil, Melissa Kraker, Maddie Roller, and Chris Zagone.

“It’s just a good way to give back to other people who need help,” said Beason.

Kraker plans to shop for toys to add to the box she will put together. “I’m going to go this weekend,” she added.

Handyside said this is a good reminder about those who are less fortunate, and that the project is a good opportunity to help them.

Erle Lynne Jones, NHS advisor and librarian, will bring all the boxes collected to a collection center in Silverthorne. The students and community are involved in the program so children receive Christmas presents who wouldn’t, she said.

“They’ve (NHS members) enjoyed doing it,” Jones said. “They really enjoy shopping and seeing how many toys and items they can fit in a shoe box ” it’s kind of a challenge.”

“It’s just good to make sure that kids that can’t get presents, get presents,” said Billington, NHS president.

“It’s just like a small thing that we can do for people ” kids especially,” Hargadine said.

“I enjoy helping less fortunate kids,” Roller said.

“Just so they have something to look forward to,” Cecil added.

More than 61 million shoe boxes have been packed, shipped, and delivered across the globe since 1993, according to the Samaritan’s Purse Web site.

The National Honor Society does not have a goal for the number of boxes it hopes to gather. “The more the better,” Billington said.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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