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Boxing Up and Dishing Out Love.

A Catawba College Blog

Posted by Johnathon Boles '16, Associate Director of the Lilly Center

November 22, 2019

Category: Staff Blogs

vol-occ.pngjohnathanboles.jpgSince its creation in 1993, Operation Christmas Child (OCC) has collected and delivered over 135 million boxes to over 150 countries. From the past two Catawba home football games, Volunteer Catawba had an outstanding contribution to our on-campus initiative of Operation Christmas Child. Thanks to the help of nine students and two staff members at those last two games, we were able to collect $452 which will all go to help send boxes to children in need all around the world this holiday season who normally wouldn't have much for the Christmas holiday.

AN9I1530.jpgIt costs $9 to sponsor a box and with these funds, we were able to sponsor a over 50 boxes. Our goal this year was to pack and send 600 boxes, which will contribute to the overall Operation Christmas Child initiative. The funds we have recently generated from the home football games are from nine dutiful students and two staff members working hard in the concession stands, as well as a Volunteer Catawba leader walking through the stands asking for donations.

Although this is far from fully funding the project in its entirety, it most certainly makes a dent in the cost of the project and every little bit helps looking at the big picture. We packed these shoe boxes on Monday, November 11th in the Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center to help provide a cheerful Christmas for 600 children around the world. These boxes are more than gifts - they let the children know they matter and that they are cared for, they are known, and ultimately they are loved. Doing our part to help serve the needs of both our local and global community, Catawba cares and serves. One Campus. One Community. One

Alongside service, sustainability is also another strong value the Catawba College community lifts up as we stand to be environmentally conscious. Sustainability and service does not have to be mutually exclusive - in fact they can go hand in hand. One way we become good stewards of our resources integrating the two values of service and sustainability is by reducing food waste. The last two home football games have been a great example of just how we accomplish putting action to the values of the College.

co-vol19c.pngWorking with Chartwells to recover food from the football concessions stands, Volunteer Catawba was able to give the remaining food to Rowan Helping Ministries (RHM). The total amount of food recovered from both games was a little over 123 lbs. of food. Curious about what 123 lbs. worth of food looks like? Check out the pictures included here from our food recovery initiative!

Volunteer Catawba is thankful for our community partners, such as Chartwells & Rowan Helping Ministries, who are equally passionate about reducing food waste and serving the local needs of the food insecure. We look forward to helping promote a culture of sustainability as we continue to serve people:

Waste not, want not.
Catawba cares and serves.
One Campus. One Community. One World.

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