Operation Christmas Child takes on Oswego

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OSWEGO, New York — The Christmas spirit in Oswego came a little early this year.  Volunteers gathered in SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center to pack shoe boxes for underprivileged kids in third world countries.

Christmas is the time to give and Oswego is doing much more than that.  As Oswego holds its 3rd annual Samaritans Purse: Operation Christmas Child event, children from all around the world will be more than happy once their box is received.   Student coordinator Kalie Hudson help bring this event together.

“The materials come from donations, they come from students or corporations and they work year around to gather these materials so that we would have enough to pack all of the boxes,” said Hudson.

Volunteer packing a box for a child in need.  Photo by: Kimberly Chung
Volunteer packing a box for a child in need.
Photo by: Kimberly Chung

Over 11 million boxes are packed a year.  Once the boxes are packed, they are sent off to countries such as Haiti, Africa and Columbia.  Rebecca Horning, the organizer for this event says that the goal is to ensure that the same child does not get a gift two years in a row.


Children from around the world will be happy with their gift from Santa, but they will be even more cheerful when their shoebox arrives.  Samaritans Purse will still be taking donations until December.  For more information visit their website, http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/