“I like packing the boxes because it’s for a good cause,” Brady said. “If it was for people who didn’t need it, it wouldn’t be as much fun.”
Elizabeth Avery, Four County quality care coordinator who also oversees the middle school and high school program at the Family Opportunity Center, came up with the project.
After working with the group of kids on a day-to-day basis last year, she was impressed with how giving the group was. It was in early fall when Avery thought the project would be a good idea.
The children focused on giving back to people and worked hard to reach the set goal.
Avery said she was happy with the results of the project. Some of the kids asked family members for money and some even brought their own money.
One student event went door-to-door asking for donations for the project.
Atraea Owens used to go door-to-door for previous programs, including local dog fostering organization A Cause for Paws. She went around with a pamphlet and asked people to donate money for their project.
Atraea said she enjoyed helping other kids.
“I had fun doing it,” Atraea said. “The kids who are getting our things probably haven’t had toys.”
Avery said the juvenile probation employees at the Family Opportunity Center were a huge help in raising the money needed to fill Operation Christmas Child boxes.
“I have been very impressed with their hard work and compassion,” Avery said.
The Operation Christmas Child boxes will be taken to a local drop-off point for the program early next week, Avery said. From there, the boxes will be sent to children in need.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.