Keep Operation Christmas Child at Big Walnut High School

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Keep Operation Christmas Child at Big Walnut High School


For 25 years without fail, Spanish classes at Big Walnut High School have participated in Operation Christmas Child. Most students choose to participate by bringing in shoe boxes filled with small presents and items such as toothbrushes and soap that they wrap during their Spanish class. These wrapped shoe boxes are then given to the Samaritan's Purse, an international relief, to then be delivered to children in third world countries.


On October 31, 2017, students brought in their shoe boxes, gifts, and wrapping paper excited to prepare the gift boxes for the children. Imagine their surprise when they find out they are unable to wrap their shoe box in class. The teachers each tell their students that we cannot wrap our gifts because the organization the gifts are given to is religious. Therefore we will either have to wrap our gifts at home and bring them in or stay after school the next week to wrap them because someone didn’t like the fact that they would be giving to a religious group if they would have chosen to participate.


This activity is NOT mandatory. It is your choice to decide whether or not you would like to participate. You are not punished for not participating. Though students who want to participate are unable to because a few people don’t agree with donating to a religious organization.


Those who signed this petition believe first and foremost that this is about the children. That is why we all donate to this organization, it is an international relief. They bring gifts to those who have nothing for Christmas and they do not discriminate. If you absolutely cannot see past religious affiliation you don’t have to participate. Otherwise, we believe that those who want to participate have the right to do so without interference because of the simple fact that their intention is to give to children. Some of these children have not experienced human kindness and have lived lives that we cannot imagine. We feel that the least we can do is donate a few items in a wrapped shoe box to be delivered to them for Christmas.


Thank you for your time. Please consider signing this petition to help keep Operation Christmas Child at Big Walnut High School.

 

 



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