Nursing students work to create bright Christmas for underprivileged

This contribution was sent to the Beacon by Annetta Babu, president of the Nursing Students Association at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

By Stephanie Adams
School of Nursing, Junior

Most of us have grown up more blessed than we can possibly imagine. Lying in bed Christmas Eve so excited we could barely fall asleep, only to wake up Christmas morning before the crack of dawn to go jump on our parents and beg them to let us open our presents was a yearly occurrence.

Now imagine for a minute that you live in a landfill amidst trash. You have no bed in which to sleep, no knowledge of Christmas or presents and most of all — no knowledge of Jesus, the reason why we celebrate.

Also imagine being that small child who has no toys or nice things to call their own and waking up one day to the sound of trucks and strange voices. These people bring gifts in shoeboxes for every child in your village. Someone you don’t even know has sent you clothes, school supplies, toys, toiletries and candy.

They also tell you about a man named Jesus who they say is God and he loves YOU. These people work for Operation Christmas Child.

The Operation is part of Samaritan’s Purse, founded by Bob Pierce in 1970. His mission for this organization was “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.”

Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son) now serves as president of the program. In 2008 more than 7.7 million hurting children in 100 countries experienced the joy of Christmas through these shoeboxes.

Individuals, churches, and groups in the U.S. and around the world prepared, collected and processed these gifts and took a small amount of their time and resources to bless a child more than they could possibly imagine.

The collection date has passed for this year, but I want to thank everyone on campus who participated in changing a child’s Christmas this year and for increasing their opportunity to know our Lord and Savior.

The School of Nursing will collect shoeboxes again next year, so look for info about that next fall. You can also read more about the impact Samaritan’s Purse is having around the world at

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