National Collection Week is November 18-24
CALGARY, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canada-wide 2013 Operation Christmas
Child shoebox collection season—an annual initiative of Samaritan's
Purse Canada—starts today as thousands of individuals, families,
churches, businesses, sports teams, and community groups begin packing
shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, plus personal
notes and photos.
Samaritan's Purse will deliver the gift-filled shoeboxes to children
around the world living in the midst of poverty, disease, war, and
natural disaster. Last year, Canadians filled more than 662,000
shoeboxes with gifts that shared God's love and hope with children in
the developing world. And since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has
collected and distributed more than 100 million shoebox gifts across
"We are asking Canadians from coast to coast to join us again this year
in packing and donating gift-filled shoeboxes," said Fred Weiss,
executive director of Samaritan's Purse Canada. "There are millions of
needy children still waiting to receive a shoebox, which is often the
first gift they'll ever have. Please join us in bringing good news and
great joy to children around the world."
National Shoebox Collection Week is Nov. 18-24: Each gift-filled shoebox packed, donated, and delivered to one of
hundreds of collection centers throughout Canada by Nov. 24 will make a
long journey into the arms of a needy child in Haiti, South or Central
America, or West Africa.
The shoebox is just the beginning: for two decades, Operation Christmas Child has been a vital project of
Samaritan's Purse. The Christian relief and development organization
provides physical and spiritual aid to hurting people worldwide.
Gift-filled shoeboxes open doors for Samaritan's Purse to provide other
help to children, their families, and their communities in the form of
clean water, literacy and job skills initiatives, feeding programs,
medical care, and more.
To learn more, visit www.SamaritansPurse.ca/OCC
TV PSAs, radio ads, and print ads
Operation Christmas Child fact sheet
Operation Christmas Child backgrounder
Video b-roll from shoebox distributions
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
For further information:
News Media: To interview a local, national, or international representative of Operation Christmas Child, to obtain information about upcoming shoebox events, or to locate the nearest shoebox drop-off location, please contact:
Samaritan's Purse Canada
1.800.303.1269 or Cell: 403-990-0161