Make a Child’s Christmas

Written by: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School


Most of us followed the footage of the tragic earthquake that took place in Haiti in January 2010 and the devastation it caused to an already impoverished country. As many of you know, there was a team of 25 students and teachers from TFA on a mission trip in Haiti when the earthquake took place. God was so faithful in coordinating all of the details needed to bring that group safely back to the U.S. on January 15, 2010 (click HERE to read more about the rescue story).

Since the earthquake, The First Academy has established an ongoing partnership with a local mission organization to provide shoeboxes filled with gifts and other necessities for children in Haiti and for the past 5 years, The First Academy has partnered with New Missions in their Haiti Shoebox Drive. This all-school service project is a very special one to our TFA family as all the divisions of The First Academy participate together in this very special project.

This can be a great opportunity to gather the family and teach your children about helping those in need, as it is a consistent theme in the Bible and Jesus’ ministry. In Old Testament times, it was institutionalized as part of Hebrew law. The Hebrew word for charity – tzedakah – literally means justice and this type of charity was viewed as a commandment rather than an optional act of generosity.

In line with our mission for preparing the next generation of Christian leaders, this mission opportunity encourages “service before self and participation as a way of life.” Our hope is that all of our TFA families would partner together to support the Haiti Shoebox Drive to bless children in Haiti this Christmas.

Would you and your family consider supporting our Haiti Shoebox Drive by donating at least one shoebox per student this year? With your commitment, we will easily reach our goal of 1000 shoeboxes for the children of Haiti.


Steve Whitaker, Ph.D.
Head of School