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Gift Shoeboxes Packed For Needy Children
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In a charitable campaign for Christmas, Future Homemakers of America (FHA) students at Riverbank High School have been filling shoeboxes with items like toys, school supplies, shirts, socks and personal hygiene items to be delivered to needy youngsters in both the United States and overseas countries.

FHA Advisor and Culinary Arts teacher Nena Wood reported on Nov. 22 that local residents had filled and furnished 35 shoeboxes for distribution through Operation Christmas Child.

They were dropped off at Calvary Community Church in Manteca the night before and went to swell a collection of 19,000 ready-to-ship shoeboxes collected by that church.

Operation Christmas Child is part of a worldwide charitable organization known as Samaritan's Purse. Wood noted FHA has also done volunteer work at the Riverbank Cheese and Wine Exposition and the Lights On Festival for the After-School Program run out of the CASA Family Resource Center, staying very involved in their community throughout the year.

FHA currently has 20 members and its next event will be a field trip to the International Culinary School at the Art Institute in San Francisco. That is slated for tomorrow, Dec. 1.

For more information on FHA, go to: http// The Operation Christmas Child website is: