Dec. 13, 2011
For Immediate Release
Members of Campbellsville University, Columbia Baptist Church and Lindsey Wilson College gather Friday in the LWC Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center to celebrate the successful completion of the effort that raised money and supplies to fill 2,031 shoebox-size containers for Operation Christmas Child. Front row, from left: Campbellsville student Olivia Brainard of Somerset, Ky.; Campbellsville student Jordan Cornett of Lexington, Ky.; Campbellsville alum Kristi Ensminger of Kingston Springs, Tenn.; Campbellsville student Rebekah Murphy of Owenton, Ky.; Campbellsville student Leslie Carver of Alexandria, Ky.; Dona Fegenbush of Operation Christmas Child; and Kathy Kendrick of Operation Christmas Child. Back row, from left: Dr. Ted Taylor of Campbellsville University; Sheri Taylor of Campbellsville University; Laura Burwash of Lindsey Wilson College; Logan Hazelwood of Campbellsville University; Sue Stivers of Columbia Baptist Church; Pat Stotts of Columbia Baptist Church; Joyce Durham of Columbia Baptist Church; Jennifer Furkin of Lindsey Wilson College; Allison Bullins of Lindsey Wilson College; Paulette Caywood of Columbia Baptist Church; Carrie Redford of Lindsey Wilson College; Benson Sexton of Lindsey Wilson College; Denise Fudge of Lindsey Wilson College; and Ben Martin of Lindsey Wilson College.
By Natasha Janes, student news writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College partnered together to bless children around the world by donating boxes to Operation Christmas child, an international aid agency that sends toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items to disadvantaged children in developing countries.
The freshmen classes of Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College set an ambitious goal of 2,011 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to be donated this fall. Last year, there were 1,000 boxes donated and the students wanted to double the number of boxes for this year.
Dr. G. Ted Taylor, professor of Christian studies and director of FIRST CLASS at CU, and Vice President Denise Fudge of LWC announced at a celebration luncheon that with the help of Columbia Baptist Church and Campbellsville Baptist Church, a total of 2,031 children in the Dominican Republic and nine Sub-Saharan African nations would be receiving boxes this year.
The boxes represent approximately $50,000 in merchandise and $14,000 was also raised for postage. Guests for this luncheon included leaders and mentors from both institutions that engage first-year students in service learning opportunities.
From south central Kentucky, the containers will be sent to the Kentucky Operation Christmas Child location in Danville before being sent to Boone, N.C. From there, the boxes will be sent to the Dominican Republic and the Sub-Saharan African nations of Angola, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and South Africa.
Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College students along with Campbellsville Baptist Church and Columbia Baptist Church celebrated what they were able to accomplish by giving many children around the world a gift this Christmas.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.