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Kean University Students Successfully Complete Operation Christmas Child

UNION, NJ - The Human Rights Club at Kean University joined forces with more than 30 students from nearly a dozen groups on campus on November 18 in Downs Hall for Operation Christmas Child.

A program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child assembles shoeboxes filled with gifts for boys and girls, ages two to 14, across the globe. While the Human Rights Club set out to fill 50 boxes in their inaugural participation in this event, they succeed in assembling 126 boxes.

According to Janine Rivera, president and founding member of the Human Rights Club, the group was ecstatic that so many people came together to create so many boxes. “This will change many children's lives this Christmas,” said Rivera, a senior psychology major from Metuchen, N.J.

Donations included basic packing supplies such as shoeboxes, wrapping paper, tape and other materials needed to prepare the boxes for shipment. Inside each box was an assortment of school supplies, hygiene items, toys, candy, clothes and other essentials along with a personalized note or Christmas card for the recipient.

“Operation Christmas Child is an awesome program that sends Christmas gifts to children around the world. Sometimes it is the first gift these children have ever received,” said Nicole Yacek, junior dual special education/P-3 major from Rahway, N.J., who helped bring the initiative to Kean. “In addition to the shoeboxes, children receive a book in their own language that talks about Jesus and how He gives the greatest gift of all – love.”

The filled shoeboxes were delivered to the Christ Fellowship Church in Elizabeth, N.J, a nearby Operation Christmas Child drop-off location, the following day.

The objectives of the Human Rights Club are to protect and address human rights issues through empowering students through education and awareness.

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Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.