At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the Everest National Junior Honor Society completed a special service project called “Miracle Boxes.” The members collected and mailed needed items for soldiers serving overseas. The collection filled 50 boxes! Each contained donated items and a letter written by the NJHS students saying how they were praying for the soldiers, a picture of Joseph Miracle (son of retired Everest teacher Judy Miracle, who gave his life for his country), an American flag, a Bible, a cell phone card and a scripture passage from John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Louise Downs, the founder and president of Desert Angels Inc., was here to assist with the packing. She brought with her Korean Air Force veteran Charlie Blain, who served 8 years in the military and was part of the 303 Bomb Unit SAC and the 43 Bomb Unit from 1952-1953. Judy Miracle was also present during the event and spoke to the students about how much their efforts mean to her. NJHS students also shared about family members serving overseas.
Here is what some of what the NJHS students had to say about the project:
Serena Carter said, “I think these Miracle Boxes have a lot of meaning. They bring joy, happiness, and healing both emotionally and physically. It is important to let the soldiers know that there are people back home that are praying for them, and we appreciate all that they do for our country. They are far away from their friends and family and don’t have access to the little things we take for granted back home. Hopefully this little box of simple toiletries and a Bible, and a quote will bring a smile to the soldier’s face, remind them of home, and are powerful enough to make their day.”
Shane Dolan, NJHS President, said, “In these boxes we packed everyday items that will remind them of home. Some items included: socks, looks, toothbrushes, candy, and bibles. We also included a letter giving a little information about ourselves. Everyone enjoyed our service project, and we were blessed to have a veteran there. I am looking forward to next year!”
NJHS advisor Kim Roberts would like to thank the Everest family who supported the effort. “It would not have been possible without you,” she said. “You are making a difference – one Miracle box at a time! We look forward to your support this current school year!”