Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity to share the love of Jesus, through the power of a simple gift. It is a hands-on way for Canadians to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and other items.
Operation Christmas Child is an important way to remind children suffering as a result of war, poverty, famine, disease, and disaster that they are loved and not forgotten. Each year, millions of shoeboxes are packed with gifts by people in Canada and nine other "sending" countries and given to children in more than 100 "receiving" countries.
Last year 10.6 million shoeboxes was sent worldwide. Canada packed 517,437 shoeboxes in 2018 which went to the following countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone.
Shoeboxes are available in the church foyer. Deadline for return of filled shoeboxes is Sunday November 17, 2019
Looking for ideas on what to include? Check out the following resources:
For more information, please check out the Samaratin's Purse - Operation Christmas Child website.