Get into the spirit with Operation Christmas Child

Posted On October 15, 2006

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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.

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3 Responses to “Get into the spirit with Operation Christmas Child”

  1. jennifer potter

    I am finding it hard to locate a drop off location for the Christmas shoe box gifts. I live in the Sudbury area in Canada. Post code is P3Y 1N1 any help would be great!

  2. grhomeboy

    Hi Jennifer and welcome to the Christmas Spirit. Thanks for asking and here’s some suggestions to help with the Operation Shoe Box > Try some of the following >
    The Ontario Paramedic Association
    Any other local charity organizations or your local church
    The Samaritan’s Purse International Relief

    You can pick up Operation Shoe Box shoe boxes from the Golden Dollar Store or by calling Diane Libby at Golden Secondary School at 344-2201.

    Contact Marg Rousseau of Fort Frances at 274-9446 at the Canada Safeway store, local sponsor for the program.

    Full information on what Operation Christmas Child is all about and other info, on Brandt’s website at http://www.paulbrandt.com. (Canadian country superstar Paul Brandt)

    Contact Linda Fornwald at 398-6731 at Cariboo Bethel Church at 833 Western Avenue.

    Trust above info is helpful. May the Christmas Spirit be with you all year round! Happy Holidays!

  3. Murray R. Wilde

    Canada Safeway is the local sponsor for a Christmas charity? What a laugh that is!

    This is the same company that denys their employees’ the constitutional rights to freedom of speech and religion by forbidding them to say “Merry Christmas” in the store.

    I’m surprised the charity isn’t called “Operation HOLIDAY Child” – you just might be offending somebody with that “C” word in there you know.

    What a bunch of hypocrites!