Date: November 4, 2013
SUBJECT: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A CHRISTIAN MISSION FROM HOME
By: Turner Brock
Every year, College of the Ozarks participates in Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a project of Samaritan’s Purse founded by Dr. Franklin Graham, the son of Dr. Billy Graham. OCC collects shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children living in poverty-stricken or war-torn countries worldwide.
Individuals interested in participating in OCC may drop off their gift-filled shoebox(es) Nov. 18-25, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tues. – Sat., noon – 3 p.m., Sunday and 10 a.m. – to noon on Mondays. Shoebox gifts may be dropped off at the OCC truck located next to the Christian Ministries building on campus.
This hands-on project provides individuals a tangible way to reach out to disadvantaged. children with the true meaning of Christmas—God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Samaritan’s Purse adopted Operation Christmas Child in 1993 and has collected and distributed over 100 million shoebox gifts for needy children in more than 130 countries and territories.
“This project provides a simple tangible way for students to join in sharing the joy of giving to hurting children around the world,” said Linda LeNeve, Relay Center Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. “College of the Ozarks has been a long-standing supporter of Operation Christmas Child.”
Shoeboxes can contain things such as toothpaste, toys and school supplies. Instructions on what to or what not to include in a shoebox may be found at www.samaritanspurse.org. These small boxes may seem insignificant, but may be the only gift a needy child in another country may ever receive.
For more information on drop-off hours, please call Christian Ministries at 417-690-3446.