Samaritans Purse Finds Campus Roots With Packing Party Hosted By WTOP-10

OOSWEGO, NY — WTOP-10 TV is partnering with worldwide nonprofit organization Samaritans Purse for the second time, to bring the anticipated #OswegoPackingParty to campus.

The event brings together students and community members with festive, family-friendly activities.
The event brings together students and community members with festive, family-friendly activities.

On November 7, the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party will take place in the Marano Campus Center food court. The event will start at noon and continue until 2:30 p.m. or when finished. The event is free and open to the public.

“My family has been packing these shoeboxes for years”, said regional center coordinator Becky Horning. “Last year we packed shoeboxes with the Oswego State Wrestling team and students from Hart Hall. It was so much fun, we thought we would bring the event to campus. Once you pack a few, you’re hooked. It’s so much fun to imagine the smiling kids opening these packages, who otherwise may not have anything for Christmas.

Participants are encouraged to bring their entire club or organization to the event.

Completed boxes from last year's event.
Completed boxes from last year’s event.

Those who wish to donate supplies can bring them to WTOP-10 TV,  139 Marano Campus Center.

This is the second year the event is being held on campus. Last year more than 250 community members and students came packing 800 boxes. This year, the event coordinators Horning and Kalie Hudson intend to make the event even bigger packing more than 850 boxes.

About Samaritans Purse

Donations provided by the Samaritans Purse Regional Center.
Donations provided by the Samaritans Purse Regional Center.

Samaritans Purse was founded in 1970 and has since grown into a worldwide organization. It currently is active in more than 100 countries around the world. International headquarters are in Boone, North Carolina. It is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides aid to people in physical need as a key part of Christian missionary statement. The organization’s president is Franklin Graham. More information can be found online, at

About WTOP-10 TV

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