By Alex Courtenay
Calvin Coolidge, our Nation’s 30th President once said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Operation Christmas Child is an organization that attempts to fulfill this spirit.
Led by Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian relief and evangelism organization that runs Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is an annual charity event (celebrating their 20th anniversary) in which shoeboxes are packed with goodies and sent to children in more than 100 countries. Over 100 million shoeboxes have been sent since their start in 1993. Each box is filled with hygiene items, various toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement.
According to Samaritan’s Purse website, this is “the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.”
All over the world, individuals, families and groups are getting involved with Operation Christmas Child and, now that includes our own Georgetown College.
Senior Aimee Davis and sophomore Ariel Wren are organizing this year’s on-campus Operation Christmas Child donation drive. Many student organizations, as well as individuals in the campus community, have already contributed over $250. She expects upwards of 40 boxes to be shipped to the charity for distribution.
Davis is also organizing a packing party to consolidate the gifts that will be sent overseas on Friday, Nov. 22, 5-7 p.m. in the Rec. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.