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Young Harris College Participates in Operation Christmas Child
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently contributed 108 shoe boxes filled with Christmas presents and a check for $250 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.
“I love working on this outreach every year because it brings the whole campus together,” said sophomore musical theatre major and Dorcas Society President Emily Espy of Cumming, Ga. “It’s amazing to me that despite all our hectic schedules, organizations, teams and individuals can come together to impact children’s lives around the world.”
“We often forget that geographical location does not determine who our neighbors are, but we are all each other’s neighbors,” added senior English major and Inter-Religious Council President Amanda Noonan of Smyrna, Ga. “Operation Christmas Child provides a present for a child overseas who otherwise may not have had a Christmas. It is also a reminder that students can impact the world from right where they are.”
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.
According to YHC Baseball Head Coach Rick Robinson, participating in Operation Christmas Child is an annual tradition for the YHC baseball team. This year, the team’s 29 players each donated a shoe box that was presented at a special service in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus.
By using an EZ Give barcode on the label, the baseball team will be able to track each shoe box gift. The team will receive e-mails revealing the destination of each gift, along with information about Operation Christmas Child in that specific country.
“During this special time of year, we try to add a little Christmas love and joy for the children around the world. It’s amazing to think that each of these boxes will bring a smile to a child’s face halfway around the world,” Robinson said. “We have a lot of opportunities to connect with our local community, but this gives us an opportunity to connect with others across the globe. It is such a joy to able to give.”
For more information about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.
About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.