Liberty University Shoebox Challenge
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Liberty University Shoebox Challenge

Take the Challenge!

Your community group could get a rare opportunity to take an expenses-paid trip together overseas to witness children hearing and responding to the Gospel through Operation Christmas Child outreach events!

The community group that wins our Liberty University Shoebox Challenge will be invited to participate in Operation Christmas Child outreach events in Trinidad & Tobago, Jan. 10-13! You’ll get to join several local island churches as they share the Good News of Jesus Christ—God’s Greatest Gift—and distribute Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in their communities. Experience what it’s like to see the joy on a child’s face as they receive what might be their first gift!

Challenge Extended to November 8th

Challenge Details

  • Pick up shoeboxes to fill with gifts at Campus Community on Oct. 10.
  • Meet as a community group to fill shoeboxes to the brim with new, quality-condition school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and other fun items. See our gift suggestions according to age group, and don’t forget to include a “Wow” Item! Pray as a group for the boys and girls who will receive your shoebox gifts.
  • Community Group Leaders Only: Complete an entry form to verify group eligibility as soon as possible before the contest deadline. Then, post a video (60-second max) or photo of your community group packing shoebox gifts on Instagram, sharing what you’re doing and why, by Nov. 2. Use #LUShoeboxChallenge, tag @OperationChristmasChild and @libertyosd, and include the total number of shoeboxes the group packed. Only one entry per community group to be posted by the community group leader, so brainstorm and make the most out of the post!
  • Drop off your packed shoeboxes at the Liberty University Shoebox Blitz, Nov. 2–9, in Montview Student Union. Be sure to fill out a shoebox drop-off log there to associate the shoebox gifts you are dropping off with your community group.

Official Contest Rules (amended) for Liberty University Shoebox Challenge

By submitting your social media post and participating in the Liberty University Shoebox Challenge (the “Contest”), you accept and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions as amended November 1, 2018:

  1. Dates:
    The Contest starts October 11, 2018, 12:00 p.m. EST. The submission deadline has been extended to November 8, 2018, 12:00 p.m. EST. Submissions posted prior to the start time or after the deadline will be disqualified.
  2. Sponsor:
    Samaritan’s Purse, 801 Bamboo Rd., Boone, NC 28607
  3. Eligibility:
    To participate in the Contest:
    1. Contestants must compete as a team. A “team” shall be comprised of the members of a single Liberty University community group (“community group”) who were members of that community group by the start time of the Contest. “Contestant” thus means the team and all individual members of the team. No members who are added to the community group after the start time of the Contest will be included in the Contestant team and are ineligible to participate in the Contest.
    2. Contestants, including all members of a team, must be students currently enrolled at Liberty University and members of a Liberty University community group by the start time of the Contest.
    3. Contestants, including all members of a team, must be legal residents of the United States who are, or will reach, 18 years of age by the start of the Contest.
    4. Contestants, including all members of a team, must have a passport that is valid for six (6) months past the trip dates for the Prize.
    5. Contestants, including all members of a team, must comply with all terms and conditions of the Official Contest Rules.
    6. Each Contestant team must have their Liberty University community group Leader enter the Submission on behalf of the team.
    7. Team Leaders must submit a completed Entry Form available at Samaritanspurse.org/LUshoeboxchallenge.
    8. Contestant teams may submit only one (1) Submission in the Contest. A Submission consists of a single social media post containing a video or photo with accompanying caption (“Submission”). Contestants may not create multiple social media accounts from which to enter. If any team or member of a team is found to use multiple accounts to enter the Contest, the team and all members of the team will be ineligible for the Contest and all Submissions from that Contestant team and all members of the team will be disqualified.
    9. Contestant teams may not include any individual team member who is a member of the immediate family or household of any employee, director, or contractor of Samaritan’s Purse or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
  4. Submission Requirements:
    1. Teams must post a single social media post comprised of a single video or photo showing their participation in Operation Christmas Child.
    2. Submissions must include the hashtag #LUShoeboxChallenge and must tag the official Operation Christmas Child and Liberty University Office of Spiritual Development Instagram profiles (Instagram: @OperationChristmasChild and @libertyosd). Any submitted posts that do not include the required tags will be disqualified.
    3. Submissions must be posted visible to public on Instagram.
    4. Photos and videos must be accompanied by a caption sharing (i) why the community group packed shoebox gifts (ii) the total number of shoeboxes the community group packed and must include the tags #LUShoeboxChallenge @OperationChristmasChild and @Libertyosd.
    5. Submissions must be posted between October 11, 2018, 12:00 p.m. EST and November 8,2018, 12:00 p.m. EST. Submissions posted outside these timeframes will be disqualified.
    6. Video posts may not exceed sixty (60) seconds in length. Submissions with videos of longer than sixty (60) seconds will be disqualified.
    7. Submissions and submitted content may not infringe any privacy or publicity rights of third parties. Submissions may not include pictures or depictions of any third parties, including, without limitation, minors, celebrities, or friends who have not expressly authorized Contestants to display their image or likeness in a Submission. Submissions and submitted content may not infringe any intellectual property rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademarks, logos, insignias, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculptures. Contestants must secure all necessary licenses from third parties for any images, music, or other proprietary material used in Submissions or else use content that is in the public domain. Failure to comply with the requirements in this paragraph will disqualify Contestant’s Submission. Samaritan’s Purse reserves the right to request documentation from Contestants demonstrating compliance with this paragraph, including that Contestants have obtained any music owner’s or content owner’s permission to use the music or content in the Submission. Failure to provide documentation to Samaritan’s Purse’s satisfaction will result in disqualification of Contestant’s Submission.
    8. Once a Submission has been posted, Contestants may not make changes to the Submission.
    9. Contestants may submit only one (1) social media post Submission per team. If for any reason a Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, Contestants may request the opportunity to resubmit the Submission. Such request must be addressed to Samaritan’s Purse and resubmission will be at the sole discretion of Samaritan’s Purse if the Submission deadline has not passed.
    10. Submissions must be the original work of the team and its individual members.
    11. By entering a Submission, Contestants, including all members of a team, represent that the Submission complies with these Official Contest Rules.
    12. Any Submission that fails to comply with any Official Contest Rules will be disqualified.
  5. Submission Rights:
    Any applicable intellectual property rights to a Submission will remain with the Contestants. By posting a Submission, Contestants, including all members of a team, grant to Samaritan’s Purse a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, copy, store, archive, display, exhibit, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, upload, publish, publicize, publicly perform, edit, adapt, and create derivative works of the Submission and submitted content, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed. Samaritan’s Purse is not obligated to provide any design credit, although it may choose to do so. Samaritan’s Purse shall not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with any uses of Submissions.
  6. Winner Selection and Judging Criteria
    1. Submissions will be judged by a panel of judges (“Judges”) approved by Samaritan’s Purse.
    2. Contestants’ likelihood of winning depends on the quality of all the Submissions, as determined by the Judges using the criteria in these Official Contest Rules.
    3. Five (5) finalists teams and a winning team will be determined based on the following criteria:
      1. Adherence to all contest submission requirements
      2. Depth of participation: demonstrated high level of involvement of all members of the community group in the contest
      3. Creativity: overall originality in shoebox gifts and social media post Submission
      4. Quality: items selected for shoebox gifts (cost or value will not be a factor)
      5. Presentation: level of public engagement with the social media post Submission
    4. Finalist teams will be notified by Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. EST.
    5. The winning team will be announced during the regularly scheduled Campus Community on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in the Vines Center. There will be only one winning team. Samaritan’s Purse reserves the right to change the announcement dates, location, or method of announcement with or without prior notice for any reason. Prizes will not be awarded and the winning team will not be announced until Samaritan’s Purse verifies Winners’ eligibility for receipt of Prizes.
    6. Samaritan’s Purse reserves the right to disqualify any Submission for any reason.
    7. Contest winners and finalist decisions will be the final decision of Samaritan’s Purse.
  7. Prize
    1. The Prize, awarded to all individuals on the winning team (“Winners”), is an Operation Christmas Child Vision Trip (“Vision Trip”) to the Caribbean from January 10-13, 2019. Location and dates of the Vision Trip are subject to change by Samaritan’s Purse at its sole discretion. For each individual member of the winning team, Samaritan’s Purse will provide (i) Roundtrip, coach airfare departing from Lynchburg, Virginia or Charlotte, North Carolina; (ii) accommodations for three (3) nights during the Vision Trip; and (c) all meals and transportation during the trip. Winners are responsible for their own transportation and meal costs during transit to and from the Lynchburg or Charlotte airport at the start and end of the Vision Trip.
    2. If no eligible Submissions are entered in the Contest, no Prizes will be awarded. Samaritan’s Purse reserves the right to make a Prize substitution in the event that force majeure events make the Vision Trip impossible or inadvisable in the sole discretion of Samaritan’s Purse. Force majeure as used herein means acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disaster, or other events of a similar nature or force.
    3. Winners may not transfer or substitute a Prize except at Samaritan’s Purse’s sole discretion.
    4. Winners, including all members of the winning team, are responsible for reporting and paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes. It is the sole responsibility of Winners to provide information to Samaritan’s Purse in order to facilitate receipt of the award, including completing and submitting any tax forms when necessary. It is also the sole responsibility of Winners to satisfy any applicable reporting requirements.
  8. Contact Information
    For further information, email Samaritan’s Purse at occinfo@samaritan.org and mention “LU Shoebox Challenge” in the subject line.
  9. Verification of Eligibility for Receipt of Prize
    1. All Prize awards are subject to Samaritan’s Purse’s verification of Winners’ identity, eligibility, and participation in the creation of the Submission. Samaritan’s Purse’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.
    2. To receive a Prize, Contestants, including all members of the team, agree to complete, sign, and return to Samaritan’s Purse any necessary documentation, including, without limitation, affidavit(s) of eligibility, liability releases or waivers, or travel, tax, publicity, or intellectual property forms, acknowledgements, or releases (“Verification Forms”).
    3. At the sole discretion of Samaritan’s Purse, a Contestant forfeits any Prize if:
      1. the Contestant fails to provide Verification Forms or other necessary documentation by the deadline designated by Samaritan’s Purse;
      2. the Contestant is contacted and refuses the Prize; or
      3. the Submission of the winning team is disqualified for any reason.
    4. In the event of a disqualification, Samaritan’s Purse, at its sole discretion, may award the Prize to an alternate Contestant team. The disqualification of one (or more) team members at any time for any reason may result in the disqualification of the entire team and of each member of the team at the sole discretion of Samaritan’s Purse.
  10. Entry Conditions and Release
    1. By submitting an Entry, Contestants, including all members of a team, agree:
      1. to comply with and be bound by these Official Contest Rules; and
      2. that the application of the judging criteria, evaluation of Submissions, and final selection of Winners is a matter of discretion of the Judges and Samaritan’s Purse, and that their respective decisions are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest.
    2. BY ENTERING A SUBMISSION, EACH CONTESTANT, INCLUDING ALL MEMBERS OF A TEAM, DOES HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND HOLD HARMLESS SAMARITAN’S PURSE, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL ACTIONS, CLAIMS, EXPENSES, AND LIABILITIES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO A CONTESTANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR ANY USE OF A SUBMISSION AS AUTHORIZED BY THESE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES. EACH CONTESTANT, INCLUDING ALL MEMBERS OF A TEAM, DOES HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY SAMARITAN’S PURSE AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, EXPENSES OR ACTIONS ARISING OUT OF DAMAGE OR INJURY TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY CAUSED BY CONTESTANT.
    3. BY ENTERING A SUBMISSION, EACH CONTESTANT, INCLUDING ALL MEMBERS OF A TEAM, DOES HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND HOLD HARMLESS INSTAGRAM, THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL ACTIONS, CLAIMS, EXPENSES, AND LIABILITIES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO A CONTESTANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR ANY USE OF A SUBMISSION AS AUTHORIZED BY THESE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES.
  11. Publicity
    Each Contestant, including all individuals on a team, authorizes Samaritan’s Purse to use their name, social media handle, team name, voice, and/or likeness, biographical information, and Submission, including video, photo, and text, in any media or promotion material worldwide related to the Contest or the charitable mission of Samaritan’s Purse, without further compensation or consideration. Samaritan’s Purse reserves the right to request any Contestant sign a publicity release permitting such use, and each Contestant agrees to sign such publicity release.
  12. General Conditions:
    1. By entering, you give Samaritan’s Purse permission to contact you with regard to subject matter related to the Contest and the ministry work of Samaritan’s Purse.
    2. Each Contestant agrees that Samaritan’s Purse is vested with the sole authority to interpret and apply these Official Contest Rules.
    3. This Contest is void where prohibited.
    4. Information collected from Contestants will be subject to Samaritan’s Purse’s privacy policy.
    5. Samaritan’s Purse reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the Official Contest Rules at any time. Samaritan’s Purse will post the terms and conditions of the amended Official Contest Rules on the contest landing page.
    6. Instagram® is a registered trademark of Instagram. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

Liberty University Shoebox Challenge Entry Form

Liberty U Shoebox Challenge Entry Form

  • Dorm Number-Hall Number-CGL Number-Personal Name
  • First NameLast NameDate of Birth (mm-dd-yyyy) 
  • First NameLast NameDate of Birth (mm-dd-yyyy) 
    Add a new row
    Click the (+) symbol for additional row (maximum 5)

More Than A Shoebox!

When a child receives an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift, it is only the beginning. Millions of boys and girls also have the opportunity to learn more about Jesus’ gift of salvation and what it means to follow Him.

As a follow-up to its Operation Christmas Child project, Samaritan’s Purse developed a discipleship program for shoebox recipients called The Greatest Journey. Samaritan’s Purse trains local churches to teach this 12-lesson Bible study about how to receive Jesus as Savior and to tell others about His saving grace.

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