This year, Monteagle Elementary School and local churches collected 125 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The drive was organized by MES teacher Natalie Burkard. She has held the drive for nine years and has collected around 1,000 boxes. The boxes are filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. This program, a section of Samaritan’s Purse run by Franklin Graham, delivers the boxes to children all over the world who are experiencing famine, poverty, or natural disasters.