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Samaritan’s Purse delivers 11-M shoebox gifts

FRANK KING, GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected 11,300,126 gift-filled shoeboxes globally in 2023 — 425,209 of these were packed in Canada. 

“We are thrilled to see the enthusiastic participation of Canadians in Operation Christmas Child,” said Kendra Shields, Operation Christmas Child’s Canadian director.

“It is very encouraging to know that so many generous people want to give hope and joy to children in need around the world.”

Fort Macleod residents contributed 106 shoeboxes in 2023, which was four less than 2022.

Alberta residents packed 88,639 shoeboxes in 2023.

Canadians packed 425,209 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in 2023, helping to brighten Christmas day for children in Costa Rica.

Each shoebox gift is a tangible express of God’s love and shares the true meaning of Christmas with children, including many who are suffering from war, poverty, disease and disaster. 

Samaritan’s Purse is celebrating the overwhelming generosity of volunteers who packed these shoebox gifts for boys and girls around the world.

Each shoebox — filled with fun toys, school supplies, and personal care items — will bring joy to children in need.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered 220-million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories.

Across Canada, shoebox packers often shop for deals on shoebox items throughout the year, and many serve at a deeper level by becoming a year-round volunteer.

Information about ways area participants can get involved year-round can also be found at SamaritansPurse.ca/OCC or by calling 1-800-303-1269.

Although drop-off locations for gifts are closed until November, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift on-line in just a few easy clicks at PackaBox.ca.

These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

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