Key Club Fundraises for Operation Christmas Child


Photo Provided by Brayden Gill

The candles are roughly the size of a coke can. Each candle is $15 dollars which is the cost to make fill a shoebox with necessities.

    Key Club is participating in Operation Christmas Child (OCC) this year. They are helping this organization by selling candles for $15 through November 6.

    “This is a great opportunity for the club to be involved in,” Key Club sponsor Kim Saunders said. “By buying one candle, you can send one box to change a child’s life.”

    OCC collects shoebox gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The boxes are delivered to children in need around the world. For many of these children, the shoebox is the first git they have ever received.

    “A lot of people make boxes, but every box changes someone’s life,” Key Club treasurer Brayden Gill said. “I feel like raising money to send the boxes then I can change someone’s life and bring them to God.”

    Since 1993, OCC has collected and delivered more than 157 million shoeboxes. This year OCC hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach 11 million children.

A lot of people make boxes, but every box changes someone’s life”

— Brayden Gill

  “I am really excited for this opportunity,” Gill said. “My sister introduced me to the idea, and I am glad for Key Club being involved.”

   There are 28 different fragrances of candles such as harvest, Japanese cherry blossom and country Christmas. For more information, students can talk to a Key Club member.

“So far I have sold around six candles, and I hope to sell more,” Gill said. “The candles are a pretty good size, and they smell great.”