Shoeboxes wanted for Operation Christmas child
Christmas is less than two months away and once again the Lacombe Ambulance Service is asking the community to support the Canadian branch of the Operation Christmas Child.
The campaign provides shoeboxes filled with different items to more than 95 different countries, getting children some much-needed items. Last year, 705 boxes were collected in the area, and Thompson is hoping more people will make boxes.
People first need to decide what age group and gender they are buying for. They can create a shoebox for a little boy or girl between the ages of 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Organizers ask that no food items (except for hard, wrapped candy), no used item, no breakable, perishable or frightening items be included in the boxes.
Dave and Jill Cooke, a couple from Wrexham, Wales, developed the concept behind the campaign in 1990. They saw the plight of children living in a Romanian orphanage, and decided to send over truckloads of medical supplies, food, clothing and Christmas gifts for the children.
Operation Christmas Child was adopted in 1993 by the Samaritan’s Purse, who has since delivered 46 million shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries.
Individuals interested in putting a shoebox together can drop it off at Lacombe Municipal Ambulance (5430-47 Ave.) or at Sunny 94 radio studio (4725-49B Ave.) by November 7.
More information can be found at www.samaritanspurse.ca