Gift-filled shoeboxes bring joy to hurting children

The Comox Valley once again can bring joy and hope into the lives of children around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes.

The Comox Valley once again can bring joy and hope into the lives of thousands of hurting children around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes.

Last year, generous people from around the Comox Valley prepared and gave over 1,500 shoeboxes in partnership with Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse now entering their 21st season.

What’s amazing is that over 100 million shoeboxes have been given during this time.

The 2013 shoebox campaign is now underway, focusing on getting the word out to our community, to individuals, businesses, schools, churches and packing physical shoeboxes.

Comox Pentecostal Church once again is the local collection centre, where shoeboxes can be dropped off during the week of Nov. 18 to 24.

Each gift-filled shoebox should contain a well-balanced variety of school supplies, toys, hygiene products, and a personal note and photo if you wish.

The requested $7 donation for each shoebox is used to help cover the cost of international shipping and other project-related costs.

For more information, empty shoeboxes, promotional material contact new local co-ordinator Faye Schellenberg who along with her team will be happy to assist you in any way.

Phone 250-334-9678 or 250-339-4536 or visit  www.samaritanspurse.ca.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes open doors for Samaritan’s Purse to provide children, families, and communities with access to clean water, food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and more. Shoeboxes from Operation Christmas Child transcend all barriers — language, culture, geography, and politics — to give joy and hope to hurting children around the world.

— Operation Christmas Child