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Students encouraged to participate in Christmas charity; 1 million gifts to be shipped to underprivileged countries

Nov. 21, 1997

Students encouraged to participate in Christmas charity;

1 million gifts to be shipped to underprivileged countries

By Hollis Norton

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

The season for giving is upon us, and there is an opportunity for Baylor students to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a project that helps give children in underprivileged countries a brighter Christmas.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, which is headed by Franklin Graham, son of Dr. Billy Graham. On the Baylor campus the project is sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

'Alpha Delta Pi's national philanthropy is Ronald McDonald House, and we like doing this project because it also helps children in need,' Jocelyn Seaton, a Fort Lumpton Colo., junior and philanthropic chair said.

Boxes are collected from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia for distribution.

According to the Operation Christmas Child homepage, 1,000,700 boxes will be sent to 36 countries. Among the countries are Bosnia, Croatia, Haiti, Lebanon, Russia and Vietnam.

'This project sends a message of hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes, relief aid and Christian literature,' Seaton said.

People who fill a shoe box are able to choose whether they want a boy or girl and an age range which is appropriate for the items in the box. A donation of $5 is also needed so Christian literature and a music box can be placed in each shoe box.

The music box features a lamb and plays the tune 'Jesus Loves Me.'

'This is the second year that Alpha Delta Pi has sponsored Operation Christmas Child, ' Seaton said. 'The first year we thought it was really necessary for children to experience love and find joy in their life. We thought Baylor would like to offer love to these kids.'

'I had more fun shopping for the kids toys, and it makes me feel good that I know I am giving a kid a Christmas,' Allison Wright, a Sugarland junior, said.

Information about Operation Christmas Child and box labels can be picked up in the lobbies of the cafeterias on campus through the end of the week. Boxes may be dropped off today in Collins Residence Hall.

The boxes will be taken to Dallas, where they will be shipped to Samaritan's Purse headquarters in North Carolina.

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