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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

Date: August 23, 2012


By:  Linda LeNeve

There are tens of millions of children in developing countries who have never attended school. While a number of factors contribute to a lack of education among children in developing nations, one key component is access to basic school supplies. 

However, this back-to-school season, C of O students are looking beyond their own school supply lists and making a difference in the lives of needy kids overseas.  By maximizing back-to-school sales, they are stocking up on items for Operation Christmas Child, a year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham.  Participants fill shoe boxes with school materials, toys, necessity items, and letters of encouragement for children in poverty around the world. 

This shoe box packing effort, requiring months of organization and preparation, is expected to bless over 9 million children this year suffering the effects of natural disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine and poverty.

In 2012 Operation Christmas Child anticipates reaching a milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since the project began in 1993.  Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and not forgotten.  For many of these children, the shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.

Individuals interested in taking part in the Operation Christmas Child ministry this year can get involved by doing these things:

  • PREPARE - Help enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take advantage of back-to-school sales by collecting school supplies for shoe box gifts.
  • PACK - Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items and a letter of encouragement and drop off the gift boxes at College of the Ozarks during National Collection Week November 12-19.

For further information and brochures, contact Linda LeNeve, Relay Coordinator at 417- 690-3449.


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