Pharmacy Students Celebrate Christmas by Giving Back

by Public Relations

The spirit of Christmas has arrived on Cedarville’s campus. This year, the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) student organization hosted a service project for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

The mission of OCC is “to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.” OCC partners with families, churches and organizations to pack shoeboxes full of gifts that children would enjoy. These gifts can include school supplies, hygiene items, art supplies and clothes. Volunteers collect these boxes and OCC ships them all around the world.

CPFI leaders senior Marissa Cushing and sophomore Heather Evankow organized the Cedarville project. They were pleasantly surprised by the number of students who brought shoeboxes, toys, candy, wrapping paper and money. CPFI members divided up into groups in order to write notes to the children, fill the shoeboxes, organize the contents and wrap the shoeboxes. The students brought enough supplies to fill seven shoeboxes, and they raised more than enough money to ship the boxes.

CPFI students also had the opportunity to hear from an OCC volunteer about how the boxes are assembled, sent to drop-off points and then delivered to the children.

“It was eye opening to see the number of countries OCC is currently reaching and the number of children yet to be reached,” said Cushing. “This is a service project well worth CPFI’s time and a project we look forward to continuing in years to come!”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at