Start packing! National Shoe Box Collection Week is November 19-25
CALGARY, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canada-wide 2012 Operation Christmas
Child shoe box collection season - an annual project of Samaritan's
Purse Canada - kicks off today as thousands of individuals, families,
churches, businesses, and community groups prepare to fill shoe boxes
with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, plus personal notes and
Samaritan's Purse will deliver the gift-filled shoe boxes to children
around the world living in the midst of poverty, disease, war, and
natural disaster. For example, as part of Samaritan's Purse's
rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and subsequent
hurricanes and cholera outbreak, it will send tens of thousands of shoe
boxes to Haiti again this year to help bring hope, joy, and love to
struggling children there.
Last year, Canadians filled 672,274 shoe boxes with gifts that shared
God's love and hope with children in the developing world. This year,
Operation Christmas Child is striving towards collecting and
distributing our 100-millionth shoe box globally since the program
"To reach that goal, we are asking Canadians from coast to coast to pack
shoe boxes during the next few weeks," said Fred Weiss, executive
director of Samaritan's Purse Canada. "Together, we can use the power of a simple gift to touch the hearts of children and improve their lives."
When gift-filled shoe boxes are distributed in a community, it often
results in Samaritan's Purse identifying and responding to other needs,
such as safe water, latrines, school supplies, medical facilities, etc.
National Shoe Box Collection Week is November 19-25. Each gift-filled shoe box collected in Canada will make a long journey
to the outstretched hands of a needy child in Haiti, South or Central
America, or West Africa.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has been a vital project of
Samaritan's Purse - a Christian relief and development organization
providing physical and spiritual aid to hurting people around the
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 in the form of safe drinking water, literacy and
job skills initiatives, feeding programs, medical care, and more.
To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.ca/occ.
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 to locate the nearest shoe box drop-off location:
Samaritan's Purse Canada
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.303.1269