Shoeboxes are distributed to under-privileged children throughout the world every Christmas.

Shoeboxes are distributed to under-privileged children throughout the world every Christmas.

2015 Operation Christmas Child campaign underway

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

Last year, Comox Valley residents prepared and gave more than 1,500 shoeboxes, in partnership with Operation Christmas Child.

The 2015 shoebox campaign is well underway.

Comox Pentecostal Church once again is the local collection centre, where shoeboxes can be dropped off during the days Nov. 19-21.  (Thursday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.,  Friday/Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

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.

Please note: Due to customs regulations, candy is not allowed in Canadian shoeboxes.

When packing gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes this year, please leave out candy or any type of food – and fill the extra space with more school supplies, hygiene items, and/or toys.

For more information, to pick up empty shoeboxes, and promotional material please contact our local co-ordinator Faye Schellenberg who along with her team of Karen Beitel, May Lortie and Joanne McEwan who will be happy to assist you in any way.  250-334-9678 or 250-339-4536 or 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.

Samaritan’s Purse, now in its 22nd year, has given more than 100 million shoeboxes in its tenure.