Students give back through Operation Christmas Child

2012 Operation Christmas Child
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2013-11-08
Operation Christmas ChildHUNTINGTON, Ind.— Huntington University students are giving back to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child is a national effort through the Samaritan’s Purse to give Christmas gifts in shoeboxes to children across the globe. The national shoebox collection week is Nov. 18-25.

“I’m really excited to see the campus get involved in reaching out to children outside of the Huntington bubble,” said junior Lauren Kirby, Friesen Center volunteer coordinator. “We’ve got an awesome opportunity to sew into the lives of kids around the world with something as simple as a shoebox full of goodies.”

HU’s Friesen Center for Volunteer Service will wrap the shoeboxes during a drive from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14. The drive is currently open only to HU students, but the Friesen Center is accepting community shoeboxes which they will then take to the county collection point at College Park Church.

The Friesen Center is a student-directed organization that coordinates HU students in volunteer efforts on a daily basis. The Friesen Center stands to build the idea that every one person can make a difference in the community.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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