Belmont Abbey College partnered with Samaritans Purse participating in Operation Christmas Child with student Marvellous Okonne at the helm. Donations and volunteers came out in overwhelming numbers. On Wednesday, November 12th, students, faculty, and staff members joined Marvellous in the Student Commons to fill shoeboxes intended for children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, or disease.
Some of the participating student organizations were the Honors College, Hintemeyer Scholars, Men’s & Women’s Tennis, Acro & Tumbling, and Crusader Cheerleaders. Even the president of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder, came to assist in filling the shoeboxes.
In total, Belmont Abbey College received over $150 in cash donations and filled 123 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Marvellous, a former shoebox recipient himself, was amazed at the outpouring of support and aims to fill even more shoeboxes next year!