Campus Ministry students assist with Operation Christmas Child
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Campus Ministry students assist with Operation Christmas Child

The students of STA's Campus Ministry organizations recently created more than 100 fishing kits to donate to the Hammond Kiwanis Club as part of their “Operation Christmas Child” program.  Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 as part of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief program to deliver shoe boxes to children in impoverished nations. 

The shoe boxes contain school supplies, paper, toys, and hygiene products. Mr. Nick Carter of the Kenner North Kiwanis had an idea last year of adding fishing kits to the shoe boxes destined for young men between the ages of 10-14 to assist them in providing food for their families. After reading an article in an August edition of the Hammond Daily Star in which local area coordinator Beth Miller asked for help from local organizations, STA Campus Minister Mrs. Grace Gambel presented the idea to the students. 


“The students were so receptive to the idea,” said Gambel. “It was a fun project to work on and they were eager to help. It’s a small task that can mean so much to someone who needs such a tool.” 

Gambel challenged the group to create 100 kits. They accepted the challenge and donated all of the supplies necessary to complete the kits, which include fishing line, hooks, weights, barrels, and a bobber. These items were placed into a medicine bottle that is included in the Christmas shoe box.  Medicine bottles were donated by both Mannino’s and Don Chaucer’s Pharmacies.


Photo ID:  Senior Campus Ministry members Sydney Milton, Hunter Stanley, Reed Bolton, and Megan Davis present more than 100 fishing kits to Mr. David Carter of Kenner North Kiwanis Club, a partner with the Hammond Kiwanis Club for the “Operation Christmas Child” shoe box program. 

Natali Scimeca, Hayes Perrilloux, Ryan Amerson, Mason Miller, and Connor Seale celebrate the completion of the fishing kits to include in the Hammond Kiwanis' shoe boxes destined for Operation Christmas Child.

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