Operation Christmas Project is hoping to stock more presents under the tree this year for middle and high school students from low-income families once again in Hopkins County and it's all through gift cards.
The project is a team effort between Hopkins County Young Professionals and Hopkins County Happy Feet. Happy Feet started the venture for the first time in 2020. Young Professionals was eager to hop aboard this year.
The goal is to give 120 students each a $100 gift card.
That’s a total of $12K in fundraising.
Students will be presented the gift cards, along with a free school sweatshirt at a private drive-thru giveaway in December.
The project just started last year, with the goal of making sure students could shop for winter clothes and shoes.
They were able to raise $7K grand out of that 12K goal.
This year, organizers are hoping with the support of the community, they’ll be able to spread the miracle of the giving season a bit more.
“We’re reaching twenty students per school," said Karen Tapp, committee member of Happy Feet. "And these are the youth that are involved in the businesses and churches in these communities so you know the phrase, 'It takes a village?' And it does.”
“With teenagers, it’s difficult. I realize it's hard to know exactly what they might want for Christmas," said Laura Faulk, the president of Hopkins County Young Professionals. "Every person deserves a good Christmas.”
The idea, is each teeanger will be able to use the $100 gift card at a clothing store of their choice.
Once a person or business owner decides to sponsor a student, they’ll be given a special sponsorship sign they can display.
Anyone who wishes to donate to Operation Christmas Project must do so by Dec. 1st.