Operation Christmas Child has begun

Operation Christmas Child has begun

Christmastime is fast upon us.

It won’t be long until every house on the block will be lit up with shimmering lights, decked in wreathes and other decorations.

Every store will be packed with throngs of holiday shoppers buying their last-minute gifts.

Children will wake up early on Christmas morning to rush to the tree to find an assortment of presents wrapped in brightly colored paper.

Now imagine what it would be like as a child in the Philippines or Burundi, waking up to nothing, almost as if it was a scene from Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Sadly, that is a reality for millions of children every year living in the dire conditions of third world countries across the world.

Operation Christmas Child seeks to resolve that while providing Christmas to these youths and their families as an opportunity for Christian mission.

This “global Christmas gift exchange” sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational organization for relief and evangelism, collects shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies and other personal items.

Katy Doolin, a sophomore education major from Garrard County, who has been collecting shoeboxes for both her Literary Studies class and the women’s bowling team, said, “I’m involved with Operation Christmas Child because I see it as a great way to spread Christmas to children who will most likely not get anything else during the holiday season. It’s important to me because I want to show others the love that Jesus has shown me, when He came to Earth as the ultimate Christmas gift!”

Operation Christmas Child has distributed these shoeboxes to more than 69 million children in need, reaching over 130 countries.

This year, Campbellsville University’s goal is to collect 2,500 boxes by Nov. 14 through FIRST CLASS and other participating classes, clubs and organizations.

Until then, boxes can be dropped off at Ransdell Chapel, and it is encouraged that contributing individuals include $7 under the lid to cover postage expenses.

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