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Mines students organize Operation Christmas Child to help needy
Release Date Wednesday, October 23, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 23, 2013) - The Rotaract Club and the student chapter of National Society of Black Engineers are hoping to collect more than 100 gift-filled shoeboxes for needy children by hosting Operation Christmas Child on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus.

Since 1993, the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child expects to collect another 9.8 million shoebox gifts this year.

Individuals or groups interested in making a donation can pick up an empty shoebox and instructions sheet at any of the Mines campus collection locations listed below. Small cars, dolls, stuffed animals, school supplies, hygiene items and clothing are just a few ideas of items that can be used to fill the shoeboxes. Shipping costs are not required, but cash donations or gift items not used in filling a shoebox are also welcome. 

The deadline to drop off donations at all collection locations is Wednesday, Nov. 13.  

Collection locations:

  • Upper Surbeck Center lobby
  • Palmerton/Connolly commons areas
  • Student Activities & Leadership Center, lower Surbeck Center
  • Coyle Lounge, second floor of the Civil/Mechanical Building
  • McLaury Building front foyer
  • Chemistry secretary's office, C2220
  • Physics secretary's office, EP227
  • Industrial Engineering Building, Downtown Campus

For more information about the project, please visit

For instructions on building and filling the Christmas box, view the flyer.


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