First 60,000 of an eventual 600,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to be
airlifted Thursday to Filipino children
CALGARY, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - While Samaritan's Purse meets emergency
needs in the Philippines, its Operation Christmas Child program is
sending 600,000 shoebox gifts to Filipino children whose lives were
torn apart by the November storm that killed more than 5,000 people.
The first 60,000 shoeboxes are being sent Thursday by air, with the
rest going in later months.
Shortly after Typhoon Haiyan slammed the central Philippines,
Samaritan's Purse deployed its Disaster Assistance Response Team
(DART). More than 70 of its experienced employees and volunteers are on
the ground in the Philippines to coordinate the distribution of
emergency food, water, shelter, medical care, and more in some of the
most devastated areas.
Meanwhile, the Christian relief and development organization's Operation
Christmas Child program rallied volunteers across Canada and the U.S.
to support typhoon victims. The shoeboxes are filled with toys, hygiene
items, school supplies, encouraging notes, and more.
This Thursday, 60,000 gift-filled shoeboxes will be flown from New York
to the Philippines on a Boeing 747 cargo jet to remind Filipino
children that they are loved during this difficult time. The shoeboxes
will be distributed in the next few weeks, as children and families are
Samaritan's Purse is committed to the long recovery process in the
Philippines. The non-profit organization has sent more than 100 tons of
supplies to meet storm victims' needs. It has already sent two cargo
jets, including one last Friday that included more shelter supplies and
a helicopter to help its disaster teams respond more quickly to people
in remote areas.
Samaritan's Purse staff members and volunteers, including several
Canadians, will be in the Philippines for many months to help
communities rebuild. The charity has coordinated similar disaster
responses including after the 2011 tsunami in Japan, the 2010
earthquake in Haiti, and flooding last summer in southern Alberta.
To support this urgent work, call 1.800.663.6500 or visit SamaritansPurse.ca. Canadians can also pack gift-filled shoeboxes for needy children in
many parts of the world at PackaBox.ca.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and development
organization helping victims of war, natural disaster, poverty, and
persecution in more than 100 countries. Since 1993, the organization's
Operation Christmas Child program has delivered over 100 million
shoebox gifts to hurting children worldwide. To learn more, visit SamaritansPurse.ca.
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
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News media inquiries, including interview opportunities:
Samaritan's Purse Canada
1.800.663.6500 (ext. 8720) or 403.990.0161