November Engage Project: Students Commit to Bless Children with Operation Christmas Child
Sophomores Brianna McNeal and Nicholas Lee are on a mission to pack 100 boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. Campus Ministries has also set a goal for CSU: 2,000 boxes.
McNeal and Lee are committed to packing 50 boxes each. McNeal said, “I am very passionate about this organization because not only do they give each child a box but also they minister the love of Jesus Christ to each one on a level that each child can understand.”
She continues, “I made my personal goal this year because I had only heard about Operation Christmas Child late in the year last year and only had enough time to make three boxes. This year, my boyfriend, Nicholas, and I started collecting items for our boxes early this year. God laid it on both of our hearts to help with this organization and has provided for us so far. We both know and believe God will continue to provide for us to finish our goals.”
Campus Ministries will host a packing party on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in the dining hall. Volunteers are needed to help sort items throughout the day in the Charleston Room.
Julie Jongsma, VISTA service learning coordinator, said, “Last year, over 1000 boxes were filled, and this year’s goal is 2,000. If each person is able to give one box, we will easily exceed our goal. Everyone can help and every hand is needed for this night to be a success.”
Students can get involved by donating items such as school supplies, toys and clothing; hosting a fundraiser; or asking companies like Staples or their local doctor’s office to donate supplies. Everyone is invited to attend the packing party on the 21st in the Brewer Center, where boxes will be provided and donated items are welcome. Find a list of appropriate items here.
McNeal said, “Not only can you show them love through a present, but God’s love as well. Each child also receives a New Testament Bible in their own language so they can continue to learn and grow in God.” Jongsma said, “Operation Christmas Child seeks to share Christ with children who do not yet know His name. It isn’t necessarily about the items in the shoe boxes but it’s about the greater message of proclaiming the name of Christ to areas of the world that have not yet heard about the gospel.”
For more information, contact Jongsma at firstname.lastname@example.org or at her office in the Brewer Center.
Operation Christmas Child, November’s Engage Ministry Partner, is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that has served more than 100 million children in 130 countries since 1993. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to enable children to experience God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to share the Gospel where the gifts are delivered.