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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    It's also functional when Hanukah and Christmas come right next to each other or overlap, as they often do (and yes, we have both in our house). This year, it's more "Happy Thanksukah!"
    Yeah, we have the same thing going on, but we've been calling it Chanksgiving. For the rest of the holidays, I just wish everyone a happy DONSA (Day Of No Scheduled Activities), which is what the military calls the days off that aren't federal holidays, like the Friday before Veterans' Day. I'm trying to convince my chain of command to put in a non-denominational DONSA bush, too.
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    School cancels Christmas toy drive for needy children after atheist group threatens to sue

    An elementary school in Cayce is canceling a Christmas toy drive after a threat of legal action.

    East Point Academy is a publically-funded charter school under the South Carolina Public Charter School District. About 360 students attend.

    For the past three years, the school has participated in “Operation Christmas Child.” Under the program, kids collect toys, pencils and other small items, pack them into shoe boxes, and donate to needy children.

    That now has to stop after the school received a letter Monday from the American Humanist Association, a national nonprofit organization with over 20,000 members and 125,000 supporters across the country, according to the letter.

    The mission of American Humanist Association’s legal center, according to the letter, is “to protect one of the most fundamental principles of (American) democracy: the Constitutional mandate requiring separation of church and state.”

    The letter called the school’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child “unconstitutional.”

    "The letter was very explicit that there would be litigation against us if we did not stop," said school East Point Academy’s principal, Renee Mathews.

    Mathews said that of the two full years the school has participated, before the practice was stopped with the letter, about 100 families participated each year....

    Here is a video about the program:

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