Bringing Christmas Joy
Senior David Echaniz coordinated with Cross Catholic Outreach (CCO) to organize a Box of Joy drive at Chelsea Academy. Box of Joy is an annual Christmas gift ministry organized by Catholics across the United States, and facilitated by Cross Catholic Outreach, to send toys and other gifts to children in extreme poverty in the developing world.
David contacted CCO, to learn more about the program, obtained permission from the headmaster to conduct it at Chelsea, and with the assistance of a few schoolmates, managed the program. He visited each class, explained the program, and passed out empty boxes to fill with approved items (socks, gloves, toothbrushes, small toys, etc.). Posting flyers and signs around the school, he encouraged 100% participation within the student body. Then the hard work started!
As students returned the filled boxes, David checked each one to ensure that the contents were appropriate and safe, collected a check for each box to cover shipping, and organized boxes by age group. Headmaster Felix Hernandez offered a pizza party for the house with the highest participation rate. Over 80% of the students returned a Box of Joy full of fun gifts and necessities. As each house had roughly 80% participation, the whole school partook in the pizza party.
Like his efforts on the basketball court, David’s hard work and drive made this ministry a success at Chelsea. We are very proud of David and the entire school community. These boxes will bring smiles to faces that otherwise might not have experienced Christmas joy. Through this small act of kindness, we have participated in sharing not only the useful things needed to live with dignity–but God’s love, which is the greatest gift of Christmas!