Students commit to bless children with ‘Operation Christmas Child’

Charleston Southern University sophomores Brianna McNeal and Nicholas Lee are on a mission to pack 100 boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. The school’s campus ministries office has also set a goal for CSU: 2,000 boxes.

McNeal and Lee have 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.”

McNeal said she and her boyfriend started collecting items for the boxes early this year. “God laid it on both of our hearts to help with this organization and [he] has provided for us so far,” she said. “We both know and believe God will continue to provide for us to finish our goals.”

Baptist Campus Ministries will host a packing party on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in the dining hall.

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.”

Operation Christmas Child 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.