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Pfeiffer University supports Operation Christmas Child

Pfeiffer University is supporting Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan's Purse initiative, by hosting a packing party and placing donation boxes around its campuses.

OCC_-_Nov._2010Samaritan's Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that works worldwide to meet the spiritual and physical needs of people suffering from war, poverty, disaster, disease, famine, and persecution. Operation Christmas Child is a 'global Christmas gift exchange' project operated by Samaritan's Purse. Each November it opens thousands of locations, typically at churches or schools, to collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts. These are then distributed as Christmas gifts to millions of children each year. Gift boxes are collected in North America, Europe, and Australia. From 1993 through 2008, some 69 million gift boxes have been handed out in more than 130 countries.

A packing party will be held on the Misenheimer campus at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Sponsored by Sorina Riddle, coordinator of developmental education at Pfeiffer, and the Francis Center of Servant Leadership, the event will be held in the Blue Room of the Stokes Student Center. 

Student members of Pfeiffer's Charlotte-based, Cultural Exchange Organization (CEO) are helping to raise awareness and contributions for Operation Christmas Child on the Charlotte campus. Donation boxes are placed on campus to collect items for children in need. The last day to donate items is Tuesday, Nov. 16.

To become involved, some suggestions on how to participate and needed items are listed below:

 Ã¼  Donate any amount to cover supplies/shipping- check to Sorina Riddle

 Ã¼  Bring any items off this list to the box in Stokes by Nov. 17

 Ã¼  Make your own gift-filled box and bring it to Sorina Riddle or Paula Morris

 Ã¼  Come out to pack the boxes on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Blue Room

 Ã¼  Make your own boxes as a Club or Journey Class for a service project


Hygiene items:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Washcloth
  • Soap bars
  • Hair brushes/clips


Clothing items:

  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Hats/Scarves/Gloves



  • Gummy Bears
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Starburst
  • Skittles



  • Dolls
  • Trucks
  • Stuffed animals
  • Games/puzzles


School supplies:

  • Crayons/markers
  • Notebooks/coloring books
  • Pencils/pencil sharpeners
  • Rulers
  • Stickers
  • Calculator


  • melting chocolate
  • lotion, liquids
  • toys that encourage war: action figures, swords, etc…

















Pictured above are CEO members (l-r): Kristina Davis and Johnny Smith, both are graduate students in the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Change program on the Charlotte campus.

For more information, contact Riddle at (704) 463-3367 or












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