Operation Christmas Child donations in 2011 surpass 2010 donations by
five per cent; online shoe box option helps those who missed collection
CALGARY, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Thank you Canada, you did it again!
Canadians donated 672,274 shoe boxes packed with toys, hygiene items,
and school supplies during the 2011 Operation Christmas Child shoe box
campaign that ended recently. That's five per cent more than the 2010
total of 640,714 boxes.
Operation Christmas Child staff, volunteers and partners have already
begun distributing the 2011 shoe boxes in the developing world. During
the next few weeks, children in Haiti, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea,
Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Argentina, Nicaragua,
Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Venezuela will be receiving
shoe boxes packed by caring Canadians.
"We're thrilled to be sending over 672,000 lovingly-packed shoe boxes of
gifts to children around the world who need them most," said Randy
Crosson, director of Operation Christmas Child Canada, a program of
international Christian relief and development organization Samaritan's
"Each shoe box is an opportunity to show hurting children they are loved
by God and by us, and the generosity of Canadians will once again bless
children who likely have never before received a gift."
Several thousand Canadians chose to pack their shoe boxes online this
year. They took advantage of Operation Christmas Child's option that
enables visitors to the website to choose shoe box gift items, write a
personal note, add a photo, and make a donation - all of it online.
This option is available year-round for those who - for health reasons,
scheduling challenges, or limited access to transportation - aren't
able to shop for gifts and pack shoe boxes in the traditional way: (http://samaritanspurse.ca/Operation-Christmas-Child/Virtual-Shoe-Box-Introduction.aspx).
All shoe boxes packed online in 2011, plus all shoe boxes from Quebec in
2011, are part of a 75,000- box commitment to Haiti, where the need for
hope and a reminder of God's love remains very strong after a deadly
earthquake and cholera epidemic in 2010.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and hand-delivered
more than 94 million shoe box gifts to children in over 130 countries
hurt by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease, and famine.
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:
For interviews or for more information about online shoe boxes, please contact:
Carla Bregani, Communications Advisor
Samaritan's Purse Canada
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.303.1269