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It's amazing to think that a shoebox could change a life for a child. Samaritan's Purse does just that through their annual Operation Christmas Child outreach. To date, 100 million shoebox gifts have been distributed world wide, providing children with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candy.  But it doesn't end there. Local churches and ministry partners are involved with these shoebox distributions and through follow up and partnerships children are introduced to Jesus through these relationships.

An amazing ministry, that starts with a box.

You can get involved with Operation Christmas Child this year.  Families, Organizations, Schools, Youth Groups, and Churches can all be a part of filling boxes and sharing good news and great joy! Make this a meaningful part of your Christmas tradition.

For more information on Samaritan's Purse - head to www.samaritanspurse.ca/operation-christmas-child. Here you will find all the information you need on packing a shoebox, local collection centers, volunteering in your community and other resources.

National Collection week is November 17-23.

Be part of sharing hope and love to children around the world.

Good News!
Great Joy!


Fill your shoebox with a well-balanced variety of items from the following categories:

§  School Supplies - Items such as pens, pencils, pencil crayons, note pads, and picture books

§  Hygiene Items  - Items such as: facecloth, toothbrush, comb, and soap. Please place soap in a sealable bag

§  Toys & Other Gifts - Items such as: stuffed animals, small musical instruments, hair clips, toy jewelry, t-shirts, socks, and candy (loose, individually wrapped hard candy in a sealable bag)

§  Personal Note  - Include a personal note and/or a photo in your shoebox (not inside the donation envelope)


DO NOT INCLUDE: 

§  Decks of standard playing cards (other card games such as UNO are allowed)

§  Food and any chewy, crumbly, or soft candy: Including gum (due to customs regulations)

§  Used items (due to customs regulations)

§  Toothpaste (due to customs regulations)

§  Liquids or items that could leak, melt, freeze, or break - Shampoo, creams, lip balm, bath gels, mirrors, or glass, etc. (these can damage other items in the shoebox).

§  Items that can scare or harm a child - War-related toys, knives, and toy guns, etc.

§  Using a backpack instead of a shoe box is problematic because it creates unfair circumstances at distribution events.  Backpacks can also cause problems when cartons are being packed, and when shipments are going through Customs. 


More Information on Operation Christmas Child:

WHY SHOULD I PACK A SHOE BOX?

HOW TO PACK A SHOE BOX

FIND A COLLECTION CENTRE

VOLUNTEER

RESOURCES

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD WEBSITE

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