School District Drops Support of Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox distribution at Mulunguzi Dam in Zomba, Malawi (Provided)

Shoebox distribution at Mulunguzi Dam in Zomba, Malawi (Provided)

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – Florence School District One will no longer endorse Operation Christmas Child or any other charity supported by religious organizations.

Media outlets report that the district had supported the charity since 2006, but will now support secular charities.

The American Humanist Association said in a release that a parent whose child attends Delmae Elementary School contacted the association after receiving a letter from the school describing its participation with the charity. Operation Christmas Child was founded by evangelical Christian minister Franklin Graham and run by Samaritan’s Purse.

The association sent a warning letter to the district that their support of Operation Christmas Child violates the Establishment Clause. In response, Florence School District One agreed to stop supporting the charity.

The district is now supporting local Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations.

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