By Tali Dressler
The holidays are coming and the season of gift giving is upon us! This year, the women’s lacrosse team decided to use something that we get every year and in turn, find a way to give back to the community and do something positive. Kayla Guerin, a sophomore on the lacrosse team and a member of Athletes C.A.R.E. told us about a charity called Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization who aims to provide spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Samaritan’s Purse started in 1970 and since then they have been helping people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine (samaritanspurse.org). One of the projects that Samaritan’s Purse organizes is called Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and crafts to children who are victims of poverty, famine, disease, or disaster.
Because our lacrosse team gets new turfs/cleats every year we always end up with many empty shoe boxes. After Kayla told us about Operation Christmas Child, we decided it would be a great charity for our team to support. Anyone who wanted to could use their empty shoebox to fill and send to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child. The holidays can be a hard time for people who don’t have the extra money to buy gifts, and for young children who see other people around them receiving many gifts. It is important to remember how lucky we are and to always think of ways that we can help others in need, especially as athletes. Annelise Kinney, a sophomore on the lacrosse team, commented on the project saying, “It’s cool to see Lafayette athletes using what they have given to them to help those in need.” Marissa Young, another sophomore on the team, agreed saying, “I felt like I helped kids that need certain necessities more than I do. We are fortunate enough to get a new pair of shoes every year and instead of just throwing the empty boxes away we filled them with gifts and donated them to a good cause.” Our team ended up filling and sending 21 shoeboxes filled with gifts to Operation Christmas Child. The project was a success and we plan to keep supporting this charity in the upcoming years.