SGA is adding a new twist to a traditional service project this year. AU students will compete with students from Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University to collect the most boxes for Operation Christmas Child, Nov. 5 through Nov. 12.
The winner of the competition will be determined by the number of shoe boxes collected, with the size of the school factored in. The winner will be visited by the losing schools and receive a monetary donation to the local charity of its choice, as well as a golden shoe box as a trophy.
Last year AU students put together more than 250 shoe boxes. Ben Randel, Secretary of Finance for SGA and organizer of the OCC program hopes that this year's competition will bring in more boxes than ever.
“This new competition will be a great catalyst for involvement in OCC," explained Randel. "It will spur students that didn’t participate last year to do so, because of the friendly competition between our three schools.”
Residence floors on the AU campus will also compete against each other. The floor with the most boxes collected will receive a pizza party.
Randel, who came up with the idea for the competition, said, "I came to the conclusion that if one university can collect 250 shoe boxes, then three universities should be able to collect three times that amount. I decided that this project would provide a great opportunity for Taylor, Indiana Wesleyan and Anderson Universities to collaborate and develop a larger community across campus boundaries."
Operation Christmas Child is a program through Samaritan’s Purse. Sine 1993, this Samaritan’s Purse project has brought joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. Participants fill boxes with gifts such as school supplies, toys, hygiene items and a personal note.
—David Hynds is the Web Contents Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.