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Operation shoebox kicks off in Comox Valley

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD puts smiles on children
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD puts smiles on children's faces when shoeboxes arrive full of useful items.
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The 2011 Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection season has kicked off in the Comox Valley and across Canada.

Thousands of individuals, families, churches, businesses, and community groups are preparing to fill shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, plus personal notes and photos.

Many local groups here in the Comox Valley are once again involved this year, with Comox Pentecostal Church being the local collection centre.

Gift-filled shoeboxes will be delivered by Samaritan’s Purse to children around the world living in the midst of poverty, disease, war, and natural disaster.

As part of Samaritan’s Purse’s rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and subsequent hurricanes and cholera outbreak, 70,000 shoe boxes in 2011 have been committed to Haiti and will be used to bring hope, joy, and love to children there.

Last year, over 2,000 shoeboxes were filled in the Comox Valley.  Across Canada, 640,714 shoeboxes were filled with gifts that shared God’s love and hope with children in the developing world.

This year, Operation Christmas Child is striving towards a goal of more than 750,000 boxes. To reach that goal, Canadians from coast to coast must get involved.

National and local collection week is Nov. 21 to 27. Each gift-filled shoebox collected in Canada will make a long journey to the outstretched hands of a needy child in Haiti, South or Central America, or West Africa.

Locally, OCC boxes ready to be filled with instruction materials can be picked up at a number of dollar stores, Quality Foods, Packables and local churches.

For more information, contact local co-coordinator, Diane Montgomery at 250-339-6749 or Comox Pentecostal Church at 250-339-4536.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.ca/occ.

— Samaritan’s Purse

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