The English School District’s Board of Trustees has passed a motion to direct all schools to cease participation in the Operation Christmas Child campaign.
Each year Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization, collects shoeboxes filled with items for distribution to children in the developing world.
The group’s website says that it provides help to people “regardless of their religious faith, race, gender, or socio-economic standing.”
However, Kay Cossar, a long-time volunteer from Burgeo was denied a volunteer position with the group last year because of her views on same-sex marriage and abortion. She says she agrees with the School Board’s decision.
The Board of Trustees felt that Samaritan’s Purse did not meet with their philosophy of inclusion. Interim Superintendent Tony Stack says they support a long list of charities, including ones that supply shoeboxes to developing countries, that align with their inclusion philosophy.