Since Becky Postema, a Cornerstone University junior, was a freshman she has spearheaded the Operation Christmas Child campaign on campus where students fill shoeboxes with gifts to be sent overseas to needy children who otherwise would not receive Christmas presents.
This year she has taken it to the next level. She is using the nonprofit annual event as a project for her Fund Development class and hoping the campus will catch the vision.
“We’ve already surpassed my goal,” said Postema, who started passing out shoeboxes in her dorm two years ago. “My goal was 20 boxes but now we’ve passed out 70.”
Postema has rallied the Cornerstone student government and resident assistants to help recruit for the campaign. She started a facebook event and expects faculty and staff to participate this year.
Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, headed by Franklin Graham. It’s mission is to demonstrate God’s love to children in need.
“I’m encouraging students to fill the shoebox with a roommate, or with their suitemates and what I suggest is spend no more than $20 a box,” said Postema. “If you split $20 between three people it’s really not that much. Plus, I think it’s fun to go shopping for a little boy or little girl who doesn’t get Christmas presents.”
The deadline for filling the boxes is Nov. 12 when they will be shipped overseas in time for children to get them for Christmas. Postema will bring boxes to anyone interested.
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“Students should get involved because it's easy and is a great opportunity to accomplish something with roommates or suite mates,” said Postema. “But, most of all, we are called to be generous of our time and money, and what better way to give back to God than to pack a Christmas box full of presents for children who would otherwise get nothing. Students want to know how to get involved in our community, or an organization. This is an easy way.”
For more information, visit Operation Christmas Child's website.