Shoe box gifts open doors of compassion

    In its 16th season, Operation Christmas Child brings hope and joy to
    needy children worldwide

    CALGARY, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - What do tiny mountain Andean villages and
windswept desert communities have in common with urban and rural Canada? They
have all experienced the power of a simple gift. Once again this year,
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, is partnering with
caring Canadians to bring hope and joy to needy children all over the world.
    Already, thousands of individuals, churches, businesses, and community
groups all across Canada are packing empty shoe boxes with toys, school
supplies, and hygiene items which will be sent to needy children in South and
Central America and West Africa.
    The shoe box is just the beginning. As caring individuals in Canada pack
shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child, they open a door for Samaritan's
Purse to provide further physical and spiritual aid to needy children,
families and communities all over the globe through education, health and
building programs.
    Since 1993, individuals, groups, and churches in 11 participating
countries have donated more than 61 million shoe boxes and Operation Christmas
Child has delivered the gifts to children in 138 nations around the world.
Last year, Canadians generously donated 661,530 of the 7.6 million gift-filled
shoe boxes collected worldwide.
    Get involved today. Touch the hearts of children, families, and
communities around the world by packing a shoe box gift and encouraging your
friends, family, and co-workers to pack boxes too. Fill empty shoe boxes with
toys, hygiene items, school supplies, wrapped hard candy, and an encouraging
    Drop off your gift-filled shoe boxes between Nov. 24 and 29 at one of
1,400 drop-off locations across Canada. Find the nearest location to you at or by calling 1-800-303-1269.
    Volunteer at one of three Canadian processing centers in December. To
volunteer, call 1-800-303-1269.

    Now in its 16th season, Operation Christmas Child continues to support
children around the world all year round through the ongoing projects of
Samaritan's Purse. Operation Christmas Child brings hope for today, and
Samaritan's Purse - through its relief and development work - provides
resources to secure a better tomorrow.

    Media Note: for media materials including PSAs, a fact sheet, high-
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    B-roll is available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Michael Ulrich, Communications
Advisor, Operation Christmas Child Canada, Toll Free: 1-800-303-1269, Cell:
(403) 990-9583,

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