What’s Behind the Operation Name?

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Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

For two years running, Region IV has launched an operation on Christmas Day in Mississippi to help communities affected by tornadoes. Last year, members spent weeks in Columbia and this year, they’re headed to Tippah County for Operation: Skipping Christmas in wake of more than 20 tornado touchdowns across the South.

Region IV launched Operation: Saw Humbug in Columbia, MS after tornadoes swept through town on Christmas Eve in 2014.
Region IV launched Operation: Saw Humbug in Columbia, MS after tornadoes swept through town on Christmas Eve in 2014.

So what’s with the operation name besides the obvious? Turns out, author John Grisham attended Ripley Elementary School in the town of Ripley, MS, which lies in Tippah County. Grisham wrote a novel in 2001 entitled “Skipping Christmas.” The book offers a hilarious look at the frenzy that’s become part of our holiday tradition, and follows a couple who ditch the regularly scheduled festivities for a Caribbean Cruise.

Tarping roofs and assisting with expedient home repairs after a tornado is anything but a warm-weathered vacation, but this is what Team Rubicon members are made of – answering in the call when most businesses are closed and lending support to families on their worst day.

Operation: Skipping Christmas rolls on!