National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes runs from
November 21 - 27; Canadians set to bless hurting children overseas through the power
of a simple gift
CALGARY, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The 2011 Operation Christmas Child shoe
box collection season reaches its pinnacle this week, as thousands of
Canadians drop off their gift-filled shoe boxes to be sent overseas.
Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week runs from Nov. 21 to
27 and designated collection centers across Canada are ready to receive
shoe boxes packed with love.
The campaign kicked-off on October 11 and has seen volunteers and
supporters across Canada hosting and attending shoe box packing
parties, parades, fundraisers, school, church, and club-led
initiatives, and even Operation Christmas Child-themed birthday
parties. Families have been teaching their children the importance of
generosity as they select shoe box gifts, and senior citizens have been
packing shoe boxes as a way to give back as well.
Canadians participating in Operation Christmas Child have been choosing
whether they want their shoe boxes to go to a boy or girl and picking
one of the three age ranges: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. The boxes have then
been filled with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and candy, plus
a $7 suggested donation for shipping and other project-related costs.
Many donors have also included a note to the recipient child, and a
photo of their family that the child will treasure.
"We've been holding onto our shoe boxes for a few weeks now, making sure
each box has everything we can possibly squeeze into it," said Ben
Silcox of Samaritan's Purse. "Now is the time to find our drop-off
location and ensure our boxes are sent to a child who needs this
gesture of hope and love."
It's not too late to pack a shoe box for this year. Visit samaritanspurse.ca/occ and click on the Collection Center locator map to enter your postal
code and locate your drop-off point. You can also call 1-800-303- 1269
to find out this information.
Last year, Canadians filled 640,714 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes
with gifts destined for children in the developing world. This year,
the organization's goal is 750,000 shoe boxes, with 75,000 of them
going to Haiti, where recovery from the January 2010 earthquake and
subsequent hurricanes and cholera outbreak continues.
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 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes, please contact:
Carla Bregani, Communications Advisor
Samaritan's Purse Canada
email@example.com or 1.800.303.1269