The spirit of Christmas arrived early at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic this year.
The members of the student group Isidore house hosted its annual Operation Christmas Child packing party Friday, November 17. The gifts that were collected by students will go to children around the globe to show them that Jesus loves them.
For the first time this year, with the inspiration of Pope John freshman Simon Beacom, many gifts were collected from members of Neligh's St. Francis parish Bible Study group and CCD class students. In conjunction with Park Center Church, Pope John, and St. Francis parish, more than 60 boxes were packed.
For the first time, a drop-off location was located at the Calvary Bible Church in Neligh, Nebraska. Also, generous donations were given by The Bargain Box in Elgin and people from St. Francis to offset the cost of shipping.
This was a wonderful way for many area Christians to work together to spread the love of Christ throughout the world during the Christmas season.