Kara Walsh loads some boxes during the 2018 Operation Christmas Child campaign. Photo supplied.

Remember Operation Christmas Child when shopping for back-to-school items

Christmas season is a long way off, but it’s never too early to start planning that special gift for a disadvantaged child overseas.

And September – a.k.a. “back-to-school sale” season – is the perfect month to pick up extra pencils, pens, crayons, and notebooks for children whose lack of basic supplies may keep them from attending school.

In fact, it’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for shoebox gift ideas all year round! Operation Christmas Child lets you transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope by filling them with school supplies, hygiene items, and toys.

Kara Walsh, logistics co-ordinator for Operation Christmas Child in the Comox Valley, says the little red-and-green shoeboxes will be available later in the fall. This year’s national collection week is Nov. 18 – 24.

For more information on how to fill a shoebox gift, visit https://www.samaritanspurse.ca/pack-a-shoebox/

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