Operation Christmas Child celebration of 25 years 1993 to 2018

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes available at Wetaskiwin Mall

Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian international relief organization which delivered nearly 11 million shoeboxes internationally in 2017. Since 1993, more than 157 million shoeboxes have been delivered in over 160 countries!

There are 11 sending countries (USA, Australia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and U.K.). In 2017 Canadians provided 615,120 shoeboxes and out of those Wetaskiwin and area provided 3,002 boxes. In 2018 Canadian shoeboxes will be going into El Salvador, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Costa Rica, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guatemala, Gambia, Nicaragua, and the Ukraine.

Shoeboxes can be filled with school items such as pencils, pencil crayons, sharpeners, erasers, small scribblers, note paper etc. Hygiene items might include soap, wash cloth, small towel, comb, toothbrush (no toothpaste/shampoo or liquids).

Other items might include toys, T-shirts, flip-flops, socks, underwear, stuffed animals etc. Please remember: 1. no candy or food items 2. no used items 3. no items that would melt or freeze 4. no items that might leak or break 5. nothing that will scare or harm a child. Samaritan’s Purse suggests that a $10 (new) donation be included to help get your box to the third world country. Please help with this cost.

You may use your own shoebox, or there will be Samaritan’s Purse boxes distributed at the Wetaskiwin Mall Farmer’s Market beginning October 3 – November 7 between 10 to 2. Shoeboxes will also be available from Wetaskiwin and Millet businesses.

The 2018 collection week is November 12 to 17 for Wetaskiwin and area in the Wetaskiwin Mall. Hours will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday November 12, 13, 14 from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Thursday and Friday, November 15, 16, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday November 17 from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be no collection on Sunday, November 18.

For more information contact Gail Maughan (co-ordinator for Wetaskiwin and area) at 780-352-2038 or e-mail to gmaughan@telusplanet.net. Further information is available at 1-800-303-1269 or www.samaritanspurse.ca.

This world needs a huge expression of love and hope, so please love a child through providing a shoebox filled with your love. You will never be the same and neither will the child or their family and even a whole community.

Please read the new brochure provided with the shoeboxes for any changes! Please note a $10 donation/box for transportation.

– Submitted by Wetaskiwin Operation Christmas Child volunteers

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