As the holiday season quickly approaches, Liberty University students are giving back to both the local community and the world.
Recognizing the blessings that the Lord has bestowed on the university, students are showing their gratitude by finding ways to be a blessing to the less fortunate.
In partnership with Sodexo and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Liberty is holding a food drive to provide meals to families in need just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Students began donating on Oct. 22 and were expected to contribute more than a thousand items by Nov. 17.
In addition to collecting items to be donated, several students also volunteer their time at the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter. Junior Amber Minden described how deeply the experience of serving the less fortunate has affected her and friends from her residence hall. “Some of the group will serve, while the others hang out and talk with people who come in. It’s a great opportunity to minister and share the love of Christ,” she said.
Students are also excited to get in the Christmas spirit and participate in Operation Christmas Child, an annual tradition on campus. Each year, students donate shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, hygiene products, and other items that are sent to children in more than 130 countries.
Each semester, students have an opportunity to serve in the capacity that best utilizes their gifts and talents. Liberty students are demonstrating a commitment to Christian values and showing the world what it really means to be Champions for Christ.