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Tech community pulling together for Operation Christmas Child


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Student leader Jensen Lyon-Sabatos looks through some of the Operation Christmas Child boxes at the service learning center.

Published Tuesday Nov 13, 2018

Tennessee Tech student organizations, faculty and others are helping make Christmas a bit brighter for needy children across the globe by participating in Operation Christmas Child.

“This will be the first time that the service learning center has hosted it,” said Michelle Huddleston, service learning center assistant director. “For the 25th annual OCC celebration, we want to join forces across campus.”

In years past, individual student organizations hosted the event.

Operation Christmas Child is a program under Samaritan’s Purse that delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to children all over the world who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine. Since its inception in 1993, more than 100 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries.

English major and recent transfer student Jensen Lyon-Sabatos is the leader of this year’s project.

“I’ve worked with the Operation Christmas Child program before, but in different capacities,” Lyon-Sabatos said. “This is a whole new level.”

Shoeboxes contain a “wow” item, such as a doll, soccer ball with a pump, a small musical instrument or a stuffed animal; along with other fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies.

Loaded boxes have already started arriving at the service learning center office.

“Our boxes will be shipped out with First Baptist Church’s,” Huddleston said.

A packing party is set for Monday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center’s Tech Pride Room. Items can be dropped off through Friday, Nov. 16, at the service learning center on the first floor of the Roaden University Center.

For more information, visit https://www.tntech.edu/volunteer/programs or www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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