Operation Christmas Child donations include more than 4,000 shoe boxes
packed online; Internet option available to Canadians year-round
CALGARY, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadians donated 662,312 shoe boxes packed with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies during
the 2012 Operation Christmas Child shoe box campaign that ended
Operation Christmas Child staff, volunteers, and partners are now
distributing the 2012 shoe boxes in the developing world. During the
next few weeks, children in Haiti, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea
Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, El Salvador,
Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Guatemala, and Venezuela will be
receiving shoe boxes packed by caring Canadians.
"Sending over 662,000 lovingly packed shoe boxes of gifts to needy
children around the world is simply a thrilling task for us," said
Randy Crosson, director of Operation Christmas Child Canada, a program
of international Christian relief and development organization
Samaritan's Purse Canada.
"Each shoe box is an opportunity to show these children—who likely have
never before received a gift—that they are loved by God and by generous
Canadians from coast to coast."
More than 4,300 shoe boxes were packed online. Thousands of Canadians
took advantage of Operation Christmas Child's option that enables
anyone visiting PackABox.ca to choose shoe box gift items, write a personal note, add a photo, and
make a donation.
This online 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
Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has collected and hand-delivered more than
100 million shoe box gifts to children in over 130 countries hurt by
war, poverty, natural disaster, disease, and famine.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 40 countries to help victims
of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The
charity's primary activities include not only Operation Christmas
Child, but building and installing life-saving BioSand Water Filters in
the developing world. Go to SamaritansPurse.ca for more information.
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
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