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Young Harris College Participates in Operation Christmas Child
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently contributed 83 shoe boxes filled with Christmas presents and a check for $245 to Operation Christmas Child, an international outreach project facilitated by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that aims to provide worldwide spiritual and physical aid. YHC’s participation is organized each year by the Young Harris College Dorcas Society and Inter-Religious Council.
“Operation Christmas Child provides a perfect opportunity for the College’s students, faculty and staff to offer a tangible gift of love to a child they will likely never know,” said YHC Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore. “Such giving is our own incarnation of love, packaged in a shoebox bursting at the seams with love. In this simple way, we are able to connect our faith to how we live and make that faith real in a new way for us and for those who receive these little gifts.”
Young Harris College’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child began in 1999. Each year, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make individual contributions or participate in group service projects within organizations or teams. The shoe boxes were presented during a special service in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus.
According to YHC Baseball Head Coach Rick Robinson, participating in Operation Christmas Child is an annual tradition for the YHC baseball team. This year, 38 of the team’s players prepared shoe boxes and utilized an EZ Give barcode on the label that will allow the team to receive e-mails revealing the destination of some of their gifts.
“I really enjoy putting together the shoe boxes each year because it allows us to step back and see the importance in the things we fill the boxes with that will benefit children in need,” said YHC baseball player Taylor Topping, a junior biology major from Virginia Beach, Va. “It also brings us together as a team, and it’s a perfect time for us to give back to the global community during the holidays.”
For more information about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.
(Left to right) Young Harris College Dorcas Society Project Chair Hana Kudela, a sophomore biology major from Moultrie, Ga., and fellow students Mark Knox, a freshman business and public policy major from Winder, Ga., and Shannon Weaver, a junior communication studies major from Alpharetta, Ga., loaded shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts to present to Operation Christmas Child.
Participating in Operation Christmas Child is an annual tradition for the Young Harris College baseball team.