Catawba to Participate in Operation Christmas Child Again this Year
November 3, 2015
Catawba will once again participate in the Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoe box project. This project sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children around the world. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have received simple shoe box gifts from Operation Christmas Child.
For most of the children receiving a shoe box, the shoe box gift is the only gift they have ever received, and their first opportunity to learn of God's love. Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Catawba community, 423 shoeboxes were sent from campus to hurting children around the world. The goal this year is to send 500 gift-filled shoeboxes.
There are several ways for Catawba faculty and staff to be involved in this worthy project. For those who would like to pack a shoe box, empty OCC shoe boxes are available in the Student Affairs Office and the Registrar's Office. A brochure with details on how to pack a box accompanies each empty box. The gift-filled boxes should be returned to the Student Affairs Office during the week of Nov. 16-20.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, a "Packing Party" is scheduled in the Leonard Lounge of Catawba's Cannon Student Center. Students and other members of the campus community will be packing 500 shoeboxes with supplies that night. Those willing to contribute small toys, school supplies, hard candy and gum, etc., should bring those items to the Student Affairs Office by Nov. 10th.
For more information on the OCC project and suggestions for items to pack in the shoeboxes, go to www.samaritanspurse.org and click on Operation Christmas Child.