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Tigers and Bears Benefit Operation Christmas Child | Campbellsville

CampbellsvilleCAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.Campbellsville University will be hosting an Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Shoebox Drive during the men’s and women’s basketball games versus Pikeville on Thursday, Nov. 15. Fans who bring a filled shoebox to either of the games will be given free admission.

Fans can pick up an OCC box, along with a pamphlet describing the box requirements from the Athletic Office, room 203, in the Powell Athletic Center or in the School of Theology office at Druin Hall.

Samaritan’s Purse does not require that individuals use their provided boxes, so participants are free to use their own box or tub. Each box requires a $7 donation (checks made payable to Samaritan’s Purse) and an official OCC label designating the age and gender of the child for whom the box is intended. These are on the back of the pamphlets provided in Powell or can be found online at

“What a great opportunity our community and university has to make a positive impact in the life of a child through Operation Christmas Child,” said CU Athletic Director, Rusty Hollingsworth. “I would encourage anyone attending our games on November 15th to get involved by bringing a box and receiving free admission to the game.”

OCC is a nationwide effort through Samaritan’s Purse to give individually packed Christmas shoeboxes to impoverished children around the world. The boxes are delivered to approximately 130 countries each year, usually to children that have never otherwise received a Christmas gift.

Last year 3,806 OCC boxes were collected in Taylor County, and this year’s goal is to collect 5,000 boxes, according to a letter from Dr. G. Ted Taylor, OCC Taylor County relay center coordinator and professor of Christian studies and director of leadership/ character development institute at Campbellsville University.

“We need your help to reach our goal, but more importantly, the shoe box gifts open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ,” said Taylor. “The boxes are filled with tangible items and also intangible gifts such as faith, hope and love. Many children accept Christ as a result of what is contained in the boxes and are then discipled.”

Campbellsville University will serve as Taylor County’s OCC drop-off location this year and is the only University nationwide to hold such a role. If fans are unable to make it to the Pikeville games, they can drop off their shoeboxes throughout the week (Nov. 12-19). Gifts may be left at Campbellsville University’s Theater Arts Studio, formerly the Fisher Auto Parts building, located at 307 N. Court St. near CVS Pharmacy.

Hours for Nov. 12-19 are as follows:

·      Monday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 15: 5-7 p.m.;

·      Friday, Nov. 16: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

·      Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

·      Sunday, Nov. 18: 1 p.m. – 3p.m.;

·      Monday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

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