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CSU breaks another OCC national record

By Jenna Johnson | November 13, 2020
Charleston Southern University beat last year’s national record and this year’s campus goal with a whopping 7,095 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Photos by Richard Esposito

The challenges of the year 2020 did not hold the Charleston Southern University campus back from achieving another record-setting goal. Last night, students, faculty and staff packed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes until every last stuffed animal, pencil, jump rope and toothbrush had a home.

This year’s goal was set at 7,000 packed boxes. CSU packed 7,095, not only beating last year’s national record when the campus hit 5,249 shoeboxes, but surpassing the new goal by 95 boxes late last night.

“God is certainly bigger than any pandemic,” Laurie Diel, executive administrative assistant for the VP of Student Life, said. Diel helps lead the OCC project for the university. “You just have to have faith in the promise that He will do immeasurably more than we can ever imagine.”

More than 3,000 stuffed animals, 10,000 T-shirts, and thousands of other hygiene and school supplies were donated throughout the year. Several opportunities were shared with the campus community and university supporters, including Dental Health Month in February, Squeaky Clean (hygiene) Month in April, School Supplies Month in August, and Socks for the Box in September. 

Operation Christmas Child has delivered shoebox gifts to more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries since 1993. For many, the shoebox is their first gift ever received. According to their website, an OCC shoebox is also a tangible expression of God’s love—a complete stranger clear across the world gave selflessly so that a child could feel joy. It also brings the opportunity to reach every child with the Gospel.

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