Before school on November 19th, PCA’s Junior Civitan Club (chartered in 2016) packed 29 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project. This is the second year the Junior Civitan Club has participated in the service project, and this year because of the club’s growth, they packed 14 more boxes than last year.

The club president, Maddie Jeffery, said, “I was extremely impressed with the number of club members who enthusiastically came to help pack the boxes. Everybody brought so many materials that the work tables were overflowing, and the group was possibly just as excited to give the boxes as the kids are going to be when receiving them.”

The boxes were taken to the local First Baptist Church in Prattville, and Operation Christmas Child will distribute them to underprivileged children across the globe. More importantly, in addition to the material items, each child who receives a shoebox will be given a booklet containing the good news of Jesus!

When asked about his vision for the club’s future, Ken Lantz, PCA’s Junior Civitan Club advisor, said, “I’m very pleased with how our club’s activities have been going so far, especially with the many new challenges this year has brought about. I am glad that our first service project of the year was successful, and I’m excited to see what we will be able to accomplish throughout the rest of the school year.”

At the beginning of this school year, Jeffery was elected the new club president. “It’s very heartwarming to know that you are making a difference in others’ lives, but to be able to lead a group of so many kind, service-minded individuals is amazing. I hope our club maintains this energy and work ethic well into the future,” Jeffery said.

Operation Christmas Child is projected to collect and send nearly 11 million boxes worldwide this year alone. If you don’t already, PCA’s Junior Civitan Club encourages you to pack a shoebox next year! It truly changes a child’s life.

By: Jaycie Black, Class of 2022
PCA Junior Civitan Member and Journalism Student

Prattville Christian Academy is located in Prattville, Alabama and belongs to the Alabama-West Florida Junior Civitan District.  Does your club have a project you would like to tell us about? Submit it by clicking here.