Shawnee State University (SSU) will host its Fourth Annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party from 10 a.m. to 6 pm., from Nov. 14 to 15, in the Sodexo Ballroom in the Morris University Center.
According to materials released by Shawnee State, this year marks SSU’s fourth year hosting the packing party as a campus. 900 boxes have already been packed from the previous packing party this year.
Overall, SSU has packed over 3,500 gift-boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child operates through the Samaritans Purse organization, and has been in operation since 1993. Since, more than 135 million boxes have been shipped to over 150 countries in 75 languages. The gifts will reach children in Ukraine, South Sudan and Malawi.
“We hope to pack 1,600 boxes, we fell a little short on our goal last time because we ran out of shoe boxes. We packed 911 boxes in September, if we meet our goal, that would bring our totals for this year to 2,500,” said Tiffany Pistole.
Pistole serves as the faculty advisor for the Operation Christmas Child club on campus. She has helped to facilitate donations and organizes the events every year since its fruition four years ago.
Each box will contain a notebook, a box of 24 crayons, pencils and sharpeners, a comb, a toothbrush, soap and washcloths, a bracelet, an age appropriate toy, and a clothing item, along with a bag to carry items in.
For those unable to stay and pack and would like to donate items, the organization is in need of items such as washcloths, toys, stuffed animals, toothbrushes, hard candy, and of course, empty shoe boxes. Donations can be left at the Morris University Center between now and Nov. 14.
“We also have a fundraising page, www.classy.org/occatssu, where students, staff, and community member can ‘adopt a box,’ explained Pistole. “It costs $7 to adopt a box and that covers the cost to ship the box around the world. The money goes directly to Samaritan’s Purse, so there is no middle man or hidden cost.”
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, please go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-Christmas-child/.
For additional information, please contact Tiffany Pistole, SSU Adjunct Faculty, at [email protected], or go online on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/165067367016487/.
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