These shoeboxes are for Operation Christmas Child, which is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse.
How it works: Each shoebox is filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and candy, and is given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion. When culturally appropriate, copies of a book entitled The Greatest Gift, which has been translated into 130 different languages, are offered to children after the shoeboxes have already been distributed. Learn more about the journey of a shoebox (PDF).
What we’re doing: Approximately 70 boxes were distributed on Sunday September 21st. Boxes need to be brought back to St. John’s by November 16th. Items do not have to be placed in a branded shoe box, you can put items in other boxes, Tupperware containers or tote bags. Adults who do not have children are welcome to participate in this project – they should give their items to Chantal Sathi and she will put together the boxes. Cash donations are also welcome, as it costs about $7 to ship each box to the receiving child.
Learn More: For information about how to pack the boxes, and about the project, please see the Samaritan’s Purse website.