Get into the spirit with Operation Christmas Child
It may be only October, but many people are adopting the Christmas spirit early this year.
Preparations for Operation Christmas Child, an initiative that sends shoeboxes filled with Christmas presents to the remote corners of the world, is well underway.
“We had 1,500 shoeboxes and they have already gone in one week,” said Lorraine Ball, the project coordinator for Muskoka. “I have been overwhelmed with the spirit and generosity of the people in this area.” The shoeboxes are destined for South America this Christmas season.
This small effort, noted Ball, can make a world of difference to a child unaccustomed to the western amenities of the Christmas season. Ball was involved in the project as a volunteer last year. The generosity of the program made her want to become more involved.
Before filling your shoebox, determine the age and gender of the child you wish to receive the shoebox for. Eligible ages include 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14. Also include $7 in the box to cover shipping and handling costs.
Suggested gift ideas include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items and a personal note. Food items and things that melt, leak or break should not be included in shoeboxes.
Boxes can be returned to the Faith Baptist church in Huntsville between November 13 and 18. Last year, 723,091 shoe boxes were sent from Canada.