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SGA working to double last year’s numbers for Operation Christmas Child

By Lauren Allen
Around The Town Editor

Operation Christmas Child, a program geared to collect shoe boxes of Christmas gifts for  children, is kicking off its second year at UNCP.  
           
This project of Samaritan’s Purse, a charitable Christian organization in Boone, N.C., provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in an effort to help those in need.
           
Last year, OCC collected 7.6 million shoe boxes worldwide and distributed them to children in 95 countries.
           
According to UNCP Student Government Association, students, faculty and staff sent nearly 100 boxes off last year. They want to double that number this year. 
           
On Nov. 18, the Braves basketball team will kick off its 2006-07 season celebrating OCC with half-time events and a raffle drawing.  Game time is set for 4 p.m. against St. Andrews.
           
Raffle prizes will include:
• Outback gift card
• Pizza Hut dinner for four
• Golden Corral dinner in Laurinburg
• Food Lion gift card
• Hallmark gift
• Smithfield’s gifts
• Ed’s Tire and Auto gifts
• UNCP men's basketball
t-shirts
• Tickets for four to a Cape Fear Fire Antz professional hockey game.
           
All proceeds go to help Operation Christmas Child. Green or red t-shirts will be $8 for adults, $6 for youth, or $12 (plus four raffle tickets) for both if you are putting together a box.
           
If you purchase an adult t-shirt and four raffle tickets, it will be only $10.
           
To contribute to OCC, collect an empty shoe box (standard size) or small plastic container of shoe box size.
           
OCC shoeboxes are available in the LSOP office upstairs in the University Center.
           
If desired, wrap the box (lid separately) but wrapping is not required.
           
Determine whether your gift will be for a girl or boy, and child’s age category of 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14.
           
Fill your box with a variety of gifts. (See list at right).
           
Place a rubber band around your shoe box and drop it off at the collection center nearest you.
           
Bags containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, toothbrush holders, floss and soap will be available   in the LSOP office to add to contributed boxes.

Youth t-shirts can be purchased to add to the shoe box.  All proceeds will go to OCC.     They are available  until Nov. 18.
           
Drop off locations for shoe boxes are in the Student Activities Office,  and the LSOP office, both located  in room 220 in the University Center. The town drop-off spot is at First Baptist Church in Laurinburg. Gene Smith is the area director.
           
All campus organizations participating in OCC will receive Chancellor Cup points. Points vary depending on the number of boxes submitted.
           
To get more information concerning OCC, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC.
 
Other opportunities    

Other campus activities  to help those in need around the holiday season are various food and coat drives.
           
There are collection boxes for clothing  in North, Belk and West Hall dorms.
           
The cafeteria is also holding a canned food drive to provide Thanksgiving dinner for needy families in Robeson County.       

Gift Ideas

Toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, yo-yo’s, jump ropes, playing cards, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries) kazoos, harmonicas.

School Supplies: pens, pencils, sharpeners,  stamps and ink pads, writing pads or paper crayons, markers, mini clip boards, notebooks, solar calculators, coloring books.

Hygiene Items: toothbrush, deoderant toothpaste, bar soap (in a plastic bag), washcloths.

Other: hard candy, mints, gum, hard candy, ball caps, sunglasses, t-shirts, socks, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flash light (with extra batteries).

Do not include:  Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or  food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

NOTE: Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. 

You may pay online at www.samaritanspurse.org or send a check along with your box. Please make checks payable to Samaritan’s Purse.

 

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