FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona student-athletes are always giving back to the community of Flagstaff and this past weekend, the freshmen class held Operation Christmas Child to start spreading the holiday cheer.
In an educational psychology class taught by Athletics Assistant Director of Academic Services, Megan Greene, and Academic Coordinator, Stephanie Hamilton, the two were able to organize 78 of NAU’s freshmen student-athletes and complete a total of 156 hours of community service towards Operation Christmas Child.
“Operation Christmas Child was a lot of fun and I am glad I was able to help out with it,” said football wide receiver Dan Galindo. “Preparing the gifts for the kids in need is a great feeling knowing that it will make them very happy once they open their gifts. Volunteering is a great privilege and I definitely want to help out any I can.”
Lumberjack athletes wrapped shoe boxes with Christmas paper and then wrote cards that were placed inside the shoe boxes. These boxes will then get stuffed with goodies for children in need and the presents go all around the world.
“Getting a chance to participate in Operation Christmas Child was a really great experience for me,” said soccer forward Anna Goebel. “Every year my mom, my sister and I always try to participate in Operation Christmas Child and it was nice to be able to do that when I am away from home.”
The class is designed to help students transition from high school to college, teaching the students about leadership. The Lumberjacks took on the leadership role and started off the holiday season by giving back.