Students from William E. Hay Secondary Campus’ Fellowship of Christian Students organized a voluntary Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing event on Tuesday

Students pack boxes for kids in need

It was a busy week at the Stettler Schools complex as both elementary and high school students packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

It was a busy week at the Stettler Schools complex as both elementary and high school students packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

The first shoe-box packing drive was organized by the Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS), which took over the event from the School Council. In previous years, the event was mandatory, FCS member Stephen DuToit explained. With FCS running it, it became voluntary.

Roughly 70 students filled 123 shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and other things that girls and boys, younger and older, would enjoy. The Tuesday, Nov. 17 shoebox-packing happened turing Teacher Advisory time, so the students sacrificed study hall to pack boxes. FCS held bake sales and recycled cans and bottles to raise the money to buy the items and pay for box shipping.

On Friday, Nov. 20, students at Stettler Elementary gathered to pack their shoeboxes. Some of the FCS students went over to help the students pack their 322 boxes. Students from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 6 packed boxes, parent volunteer Christy Brennan said.

The boxes all end up being collected at the Stettler Alliance Church, which — with donations from schools and other groups and individuals in the community — packed 1,787 shoeboxes, which will be sent to Red Deer’s collection point. Boxes come in from as far as Consort and Veteran, Forestberg, Erskine, Big Valley and the communities in between, Brennan said.

Despite, or perhaps because of the change in the economy, the number of boxes packed increased from 1,712.

Just Posted

Stettler secondhand charity looks for new home

Superfluity lease not being renewed; will move by Sept., 2018

First auction of 2018 has solid numbers: auction market

Stettler Auction Mart sees 700 head move through Jan. 9

Lars Callieou to entertain in Halkirk on Feb. 10

Volunteer appreciation supper held on Friday night

Outrage against hunting ‘pretty animals’

But its ok if they are ‘stupid and ugly’

What to do after online accounts are hacked

Facebook, email and other accounts hold vital information

Erskine Professional Motocross Athlete appears in Edmonton

Chad Bauman performs as part of ‘Ground and Gravity’

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Provincial park no more

The province transferred Sylvan Lake Provincial Park to the Town yesterday

Protect pets from canine flu

Sylvan Lake veterinarian spoke to the Sylvan Lake News about the canine flu

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Most Read


Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.