Operation Christmas Child's web-based feature accommodates last-minute
donations, with most boxes destined for children in Haiti
CALGARY, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The 2011 Operation Christmas Child shoe
box collection season has ended, but thousands of Canadians are still
making the most of Operation Christmas Child's "online shoe box"
feature that lets them pack and send gift-filled shoe boxes to the
developing world from their homes.
The convenient feature means although the deadline has passed for
Canadians to drop off shoe boxes at churches, businesses and other
collection centers, they can still send gifts of hope and love to
hurting children around the world by going to www.samaritanspurse.ca/shoebox and donating gift-filled shoe boxes for $30 plus $7 for shipping and
other project-related costs, for each box. Shoe boxes donated online
will be delivered to the children of Haiti as part of a 75,000 shoe box
commitment from Canada to that nation.
Canadians who choose Operation Christmas Child's online option begin by
deciding whether they want their box to go to a boy or girl. Next, they
choose from three age ranges: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Based on those
choices, a standard group of items are added to the box. Then the donor
can select from among several additional items, and futher personalize
the gift by adding a photo and note.
"The opportunity to upload a photo and include a personal message to the
child who will receive the box really adds special meaning for the
giver and the recipient," said Ben Silcox of Samaritan's Purse. Nearly
4,000 gift-filled boxes were donated via the Internet during the 2010
shoe box season.
Last year, Canadians filled 640,714 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes
with gifts for children in the developing world. This year, Canadians
coast to coast have held kick-off gatherings, fundraisers, packing
parties, community drives, and special events with the goal of using
the power of a simple gift to share God's love with children and to
Shoe box gifts are just one part of Samaritan's Purse's efforts to help
hurting children and their families in Haiti. Since the earthquake in
January 2010, Samaritan's Purse has provided food, safe water, health
and hygiene training, rubble removal, and medical care, while building
nearly 20,000 family shelters. Learn more at www.samaritanspurse.ca.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has been a vital project of
Samaritan's Purse - a Christian organization providing spiritual and
physical aid to hurting people around the world.
The shoe box is just the beginning, because Operation Christmas Child is creating opportunities for
Samaritan's Purse to provide other help to children, their families,
and their communities through safe drinking water, literacy and job
skills initiatives, feeding programs, medical care, and more.
SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada
For further information:
To arrange an interview with a local, national, or international representative of Operation Christmas Child, to obtain information about a shoe box event or story idea in your area, or for more information about online shoe boxes, please contact:
Carla Bregani, Communications Advisor
Samaritan's Purse Canada
email@example.com or 1.800.303.1269