Media Release - Shoe Box Collection Starts Monday

    Operation Christmas Child celebrates its 15th year of spreading the joy
    of Christmas with needy children around the world

    CALGARY, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - It is that time of year again - the time where
generous Canadians join together to share joy and hope with children-in-need
around the world by packing shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child.
Collection Centres across Canada are open November 5-10. Get involved today in
the world's largest Christmas project! The last day to drop off shoe boxes at
any of Canada's 1200 drop-off locations including Canada Safeway stores,
300 Collection Centres, and participating bus lines including Greyhound
Courier Express, Acadian, Orleans, STC, DRL and Ontario Northland is November

    WHO CAN HELP?   In its 15th season, Operation Christmas Child is calling
                    on local kids, families, churches, businesses, schools,
                    scout troops, and civic organizations to join this
                    massive effort to bring joy and hope to children in war-
                    torn and developing countries.

    DO SHOEBOXES    Shoe box gifts are a simple but powerful way of offering
    HELP?           hope and joy to needy children in over 90 countries
                    around the world. Often shoe box gifts are the only gift
                    hurting children ever receive. Through the ongoing work
                    of Samaritan's Purse, children not only receive a gift
                    for the moment, but resources for the future. In 2006,
                    Canadians donated 738,079 shoe boxes for children around
                    the world.

    GET INVOLVED!   PACK - Fill empty shoe boxes - either your own or shoe
                    boxes available at Collection Centres and Canada Safeway
                    locations - with school supplies, toys, and hygiene items
                    (no toothpaste), hard candy, and a letter of
                    encouragement or picture. Visit
                    for further instructions.

                    DROP OFF - Visit for drop off
                    locations nearest you including Collection Centres,
                    Canada Safeway stores and participating bus lines. The
                    Drop off deadline is November 10th.

                    PROCESS - Volunteer at one of Canada's three processing
                    centers and help prepare thousands of shoe box gifts for
                    suffering children around the globe.

    Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an
international Christian relief organization that has been providing the basic
necessities of safe water, food, clothing, and medical aid to suffering people
across the globe for more than 30 years. For more information on how to pack a
shoe box gift, and drop off locations, please visit or
call 1-800-303-1269.

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

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Amie Gosselin, Toll Free:
1-800-303-1269, Cell: (403) 990-9583,

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