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Joint effort brings Christmas cheer to 2,000 children

Lindsey Wilson College, Campbellsville University freshmen join with Columbia Baptist Church for highly successful Operation Christmas Child

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COLUMBIA, KY - Students at Lindsey Wilson College and Campbellsville (Ky.) University came together this semester to bring Christmas to more than 2,000 children in the Dominican Republic and nine Sub-Saharan African nations.

The freshmen collected 2,031 shoebox-size containers for Operation Christmas Child, an international aid agency that sends toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items to disadvantaged children in developing countries.

This year's theme of the two schools' campaign is "Operation Together for God's Glory -- Lindsey Wilson College and Campbellsville University.

The two schools' students aimed to raise enough money and collect enough supplied to fill 2,011 containers. In addition to the items for the 2,031 containers, they also raised $14,975.50 to cover the postage. It costs about $7 to send each container.

From Southcentral Kentucky, the containers will be sent to the Kentucky Operation Christmas Child location in Danville before being sent to Boone, N.C. From there, the boxers will be sent to the Dominican Republic and the Sub-Saharan African nations Angola, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and South Africa.

Operation Christmas Child is coordinated by Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped worked with victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine.

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2011 Operation Christmas Child highly successful

2011-12-09 - 430 Helen Flatt DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. Lindsey Wilson College. Joint Effort: Members of Campbellsville (KY) University, Columbia Baptist Church and Lindsey Wilson College gather Friday in the LWC Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center to celebrate the successful completion of the effort that raised money and supplies to fill 2,031 shoebox-size containers for Operation Christmas Child. Front row, from left: Campbellsville student Olivia Brainard of Somerset, KY; Campbellsville student Jordan Cornett of Lexington, KY; Campbellsville student Kristi Ensminger of Kingston Springs, TN; Campbellsville student Rebekah Murphy of Owenton, KY; Campbellsville student Leslie Carver of Alexandria, KY; Dona Fegenbush of Operation Christmas Child; and Kathy Kendrick of Operation Christmas Child. Back row, from left: the Rev. Ted Taylor of Campbellsville University; Sheri Taylor of Campbellsville University; Laura Burwash of Lindsey Wilson College; Logan Hazelwood of Campbellsville University; Sue Stivers of Columbia Baptist Church; Pat Stotts of Columbia Baptist Church; Joyce Durham of Columbia Baptist Church; Jennifer Furkin of Lindsey Wilson College; Allison Bullins of Lindsey Wilson College; Paulette Caywood of Columbia Baptist Church; Carrie Redford of Lindsey Wilson College; Benson Sexton of Lindsey Wilson College; Denise Fudge of Lindsey Wilson College; and Ben Martin of Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College photo
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