Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently volunteered its time and resources to assist in Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is managed by Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The Operation Christmas Child project involves packing a shoebox full of toys, hygiene kits, clothing and other needed items for impoverished children around the world.
Each team on campus collected a specific item for the boxes. Student-athletes then helped pack more than 60 boxes for the charity. FCA President Stephanie Alderson appreciates the opportunity to give.
"We are excited to give back to others in this way," she said. "This is a lot of fun for us. Most of the boxes will be sent overseas, and some will be donated locally."
According to its web site, Samaritan's Purse has been in operation since 1970 and has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.