SAL members at ETSU recently volunteered their time and efforts packaging Christmas shoe boxes for underprivileged children through Operation Christmas Child.

Since 1993, more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. This whole process is made possible by caring individuals who pack shoe boxes full of quality gifts for children in need.

ETSU SAL members generously brought in supplies they thought would contribute to those in need. Following the suggested packing list, they provided donations such as; coloring books, colored pencils, stuffed animals, play-doh, soap, wash clothes, and toothbrushes to pack in the Christmas boxes. They were able to collect enough donations to gift 3 girls and 3 boys, ages 5-9, each with one of these Christmas boxes!

SAL chapter president, Kaylynn, said, “It was nice seeing the smiles on our members’ faces to create a genuine act of community service. These boxes go to less fortunate kids across the globe, so it was a great display of leadership and Christmas cheer. This is typically my members’ favorite event and they always want to redo it each year.”

Included in the photos are Kaylynn Dalton, Mallory Gray, Haven Ihle, Marina Coleman, Tatum Gross, Katelyn Fergusson, and Terra Faulkner.

SAL’s ETSU chapter showed generosity, leadership, and service to their community through this toy drive.

If you would like to learn more about our East Tennessee State University Chapter, click here.

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