By COURTNEY WIEST
With the holiday season in full swing, the Students Activities Committee (SAC) has been getting festive! With Operation Christmas Child finishing up, students were encouraged to get excited for SACmas. SACmas is the combination of Christmas events that SAC puts on. This year it consisted of a floor decorating contest and a Christmas party.
SAC collected 54 boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. This organization reaches children in almost every country. To find out how many boxes have been sent to each country, students can go to the Samaritan’s Purse website, http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/index/, and click on the “Where We Work” tab.
“It was encouraging and we want to encourage SAC to continue the tradition,” said Keenen Henkelman, Student Leader Representative of SAC.
According to Samaritan’s Purse website, Operation Christmas Child is impacting children in a huge way. Pastor Gela, the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Tbilisi, has worked with the agency and has delivered shoeboxes to the poorest neighborhoods in the country.
“We are always trying to expand our ministry to children,” he said. “The boxes give us an opportunity to reach out to them in a way that would not be possible otherwise. They are a good tool for explaining to them who Jesus is and to share the Gospel with them.”
The second annual SACmas floor decorating competition began on November 21st. All wings and floors were judged separately on December 3rd.
The winners of the male and female floors are 3 East Carlson and 3 West Phillipps, respectively.
These floors will win a pizza party. The final decision was made by SAC based on appearance, creativity, effort, holiday spirit, and overall involvement of the floors.
“I thought SACmas was outstanding, said sophomore secondary education major Andrew McFetchridge. “The decorating was really fun.”
The SACmas party on December 3 featured a tropical theme with snacks such as pineapple and Hawaiian Punch and a “beach volleyball” game in the gym.