The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Patriot Volleyball team partnered with Operation Christmas Child for the 4th consecutive year to help bring hope and joy to many children around the world. The ladies collected shoe boxes and items to fill during the months of October & November. Operation Christmas Child is a program ran through Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse. This year alone the project was able to send out their 100 millionth shoe box. Since 1993 the shoe boxes have been sent to over 130 different countries.
"It feels really good knowing we can make a difference in children's lives. We are very blessed for the opportunities we have to help other people," said junior volleyball player Megan Schulte (Beavercreek, OH).
No matter how old the individual is people of all ages enjoy gathering and boxing up all the items for this event. These shoe boxes are an expression of the love of others and the selfless states of mind that people have for others they haven't even met. The Operation Christmas Child mission is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way for children halfway around the world paired with local churches worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
"This is an excellent opportunity for our team to join together to serve others literally across the globe. Christmas is more than gift giving/receiving and the shoeboxes demonstrate just that. The boxes are all delivered with the message of why Jesus came to earth and there is no greater gift! We really appreciate all of the donations we received from members of the Cumberlands faculty, students, parents, recruits, local dentist Dr. Carrie Brown, and other teams and departments on the UC campus that makes this project such a success year after year!"
Donations included completed shoeboxes ready to ship, monetary donations for shipping (each box $7) and bags of items to fill boxes. The women's basketball team donated all their empty shoeboxes for the volleyball team to fill.
To find out the details about the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Child Shoebox mission visit the Samaritan's Purse site at www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/.
For more information of the UC Patriots Volleyball team and any other Patriot team please visit: http://www.cumberlandsathletics.com.
Article provided by Alyssa Burke, UC Graduate Assistant for Multimedia & Athletic Services Department.