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CSU packs shoeboxes for Operation Chistmas Child

University Relations

Charleston Southern University and Samaritan’s Purse have teamed up for  Operation Christmas Child. CSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community supporters will join together on Thursday, November 21 for a packing party. Charleston Southern’s goal is to pack 2,000 shoeboxes.


Charleston Southern alumnus and South Carolina state Senator Tim Scott ('89) led the charge at the university's annual kick-off event. "This may be the only gift a child receives, not only this Christmas, but in their lifetime," said Scott. "This is a great opportunity for us to share the love of Jesus in a tangible way. This is Kingdom dynamics."

Charleston Southern faculty, staff and athletic programs will be collecting items to pack in shoeboxes over the next two weeks. The collection dates and locations are as follows:


  • November 8: Volleyball (clothing ex. socks, tees, hats, flip flops)
  • November 8: Basketball (small toys)
  • November 9: Football (school supplies)
  • November 12: Basketball (toys)
  • November 13: Basketball (toothbrushes toothpaste sandwich bags)
  • November 20: Basketball (soap, wash clothes, sandwich bags)

Business owners, churches and community organizations are encouraged to donate or collect items to include in CSU’s Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Contact Julie Jongsma, VISTA Service Learning Coordinator, at  jjongsma@csuniv.eduor 843-863-7839.

Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child,  visit Samaritan's Purse.



Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities,  enrolling 3,300 students. Affiliated with the  South Carolina Baptist Convention, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.


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