Operation Christmas Child returns to Wetaskiwin in 2019

Shoebox for the less fortunate a project of Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian International Relief Organization which delivered 10,623,776 shoeboxes Internationally in 2018. Canadians provided 517,437 shoeboxes and out of those Wetaskiwin and area provided 2764 boxes. In 2019 Canadian shoeboxes will be going into Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Senegal, and Gambia.

Canadian boxes will not be going to the Ukraine in 2019. They will be supplied by the U.S.A.

Please read the new brochure provided with the shoeboxes for any changes. One of the new changes is a $10 charge to cover transportation costs.

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.

Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes may be picked up on Wednesdays at the Farmer’s Market October 9 to November 13, and at The Dollar Store (Main Street), Safeway, Smitty’s, Tim Horton’s, Vitality Health Foods, Wetaskiwin Public Library, and Millet Public Library during regular business hours.

The 2019 collection week in the Wetaskiwin Mall is Nov. 20 to 23 and the new hours hours will be Wednesday, and Thursday, November 20, 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday November 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no collection on Monday18th, Tuesday 19th and Sunday November 24.

For more information contact Gail Maughan (co-ordinator for Wetaskiwin & 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.

-Submitted

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