Shoe box charity begins 15th year of helping needy children around the world



    Thousands of individuals, churches and businesses are packing Operation
    Christmas Child shoe boxes right now!

    CALGARY, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Operation Christmas Child, a project of
Samaritan's Purse, has begun its 15th year of hand-delivering shoe boxes
filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to children affected by
war, poverty, disease and natural disaster around the world.
    Since 1993, participants have donated over 54 million shoe boxes from 11
participating countries and Operation Christmas Child has delivered the gifts
to children in 125 nations around the world. Last year alone, Canadians
generously donated 738,079 gift-filled shoe boxes - part of the 7.6 million
collected worldwide in 2006.
    This year, gifts will be collected from Nov. 5 to 10 at collection
centers across Canada. Operation Christmas Child is calling on children,
families, churches, businesses, schools, scout troops, and civic organizations
to join this massive effort to bring joy and hope to needy children abroad.
    Join the Celebration by encouraging businesses, churches, communities and
friends to pack shoe boxes.
    New packing guideline this year: No toothpaste due to customs regulations
in the receiving countries. Please fill shoe boxes with toys, hygiene items,
school supplies, wrapped hard candy and an encouraging letter.
    Drop off your gift-filled shoe boxes between Nov. 5 and 10 at one of
1,400 drop off locations across Canada. All locations are listed at
www.samaritanspurse.ca, or by calling 1-800-303-1269.
    Volunteer at one of three Canadian processing centers between Nov. 12 and
Dec. 8. To volunteer, call 1-800-303-1269.

    Now in its 15th year, Operation Christmas Child is part of a year-round
initiative of Samaritan's Purse. In addition to providing gift-filled shoe
boxes, Samaritan's Purse seeks to serve children long-term by building and
funding schools, orphanages, medical centers and hospitals, and by providing
nourishing food and safe drinking water. Operation Christmas Child brings hope
for today, and Samaritan's Purse - through its relief and development work -
provides resources to secure a better tomorrow.

    
    Media Note:  for media materials including PSAs, a fact sheet,
                 high-resolution photographs (300dpi), visit
                 www.samaritanspurse.ca/newsroom.
                 B-roll is available upon request.
    





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Amie Gosselin, Communications
Advisor, Operation Christmas Child - Canada, 1-800-303-1269 or (403) 990-9583
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