Christmas gifts, wrappings, tinsel—-the giving is fun, but sometimes the materialism can be overwhelming. Many families are looking for ways to also teach their children to give back. This year, Coulee Christian School can help.

Every year the senior class attends a mission trip in various parts of the world where they have the opportunity to feed the hungry, work hard to serve mission organizations, and be the practical hands and feet of Jesus where they serve. This year’s trip is to the Dominican Republic from Jan. 13 to Jan. 22.

Normally, they try to stuff their luggage with as much donated materials as they can to share with those in need. But this year, an anonymous donor called and said they were willing to fly a plane filled with donations to the needy, and the senior class is looking to fill that plane.

They have donation drop-off sites located at both Cabin Coffee locations (La Crosse and Onalaska), at Coulee Christian School in West Salem, and at the PrayZ Network office in Sparta.

Marliss Katsma, senior mission trip coordinator, was last in the Dominican in 2016. “The level of poverty that we witness there is such an eye-opener to these kids,” she said. “There is little modern sanitation in those areas and you will see children running around with very little clothing and often with no shoes running through garbage dumps.”

Some of the biggest needs are clothing, shoes, sandals, and flip flops as well as baby clothing, diapers, wet wipes and powdered formula. New or mildly used summer items are fine in all sizes. Used eye-wear, all prescriptions and basic medical items like band-aids, Tylenol and Advil are also needed.

A complete list of all donation requests can be found online at couleechristian.org or at prayznetwork.com. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 7. You can also email the school at info@couleechristian.org if you need someone to help with picking up donations.

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Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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