New, convenient option to pack boxes online available year-round
CALGARY, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Thank you Canada, you did it again! A total of 640,714 shoe boxes packed with toys, hygiene items and school supplies were
collected across the country during the 2010 Operation Christmas Child
campaign. That was slightly more than the 2009 total of 640,569.
Distribution of the 2010 shoeboxes in the developing world has already
begun. During the next few weeks, children in Haiti, Senegal,
Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Argentina, Paraguay,
Nicaragua, Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Venezuela will be
receiving boxes packed by caring Canadians.
"We are very grateful for the participation of people of all ages in
Operation Christmas Child again in 2010," said Randy Crosson, director
of Operation Christmas Child Canada. "Each shoe box is a chance to show
hurting children around the world that they are loved by God and by us,
and the generosity of Canadians has given us the opportunity to bless
over 640,000 children globally."
Thousands of people chose to pack their shoe boxes online this year,
taking advantage of Operation Christmas Child's new service that
enables visitors to our website to choose shoe box gifts, write a
personal note and add a photo, and make a donation.
All shoe boxes packed online in 2010, plus all shoe boxes from Quebec in
2010, are part of a 50,000-box commitment to Haiti, where the need for
hope and a reminder of God's love remains very strong after a deadly
earthquake in early 2010 and cholera epidemic in late 2010.
Canadians wishing to become involved in Operation Christmas Child can
pack a shoe box online at any time of year (http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/occ/sbintro.aspx), and/or can contact Samaritan's Purse Canada to learn more about
volunteering with the organization, donating gift box items, and
traveling on shoe box distribution trips.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an
international Christian relief and development organization. Since
1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and hand-delivered more
than 77 million shoe box gifts to children in 125 countries around the
world affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease, and famine.
For media materials, please visit www.samaritanspurse.ca/newsroom.
SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada
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