Pack a shoebox for a child
Written By: Wednesday, October 19th 2016

Imagine working an entire day for $2.00 and trying to support your family on that income.  That is a reality for millions of families worldwide.  For children in those families, receiving any kind of a gift is something they have never experienced and a Christmas gift is something they know nothing about.

Samaritan’s Purse has been trying to change that reality with Operation Christmas Child.  The shoeboxes collected each year have brought more than smiles to children, they have changed lives.


I had the pleasure of hearing Enrico’s story while attending an Orillia information evening for Operation Christmas Child.  Enrico is now attending school here in Ontario, but at the age of 8 while living in Argentina he remembers receiving his shoebox and wondering why he was getting something so special.  He told those in attendance it has impacted his life to this very day.


In 2015, Canadians donated more than 730,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for hurting children around the world and now is the time to pack a box for this year’s campaign.  If you wonder what gift items you should put in your shoebox, Operation Christmas Child has a list of 100 of the most popular things to pack.

There are some things to leave off your shopping list.  Do Not Include • Food or candy • Toothpaste • Used Items • Decks of standard playing cards • Items that could leak, melt, or freeze (shampoo, creams, lip balm, etc.) • Items that can scare or harm a child (war-related toys, knives, toy guns, etc.) • Breakable Items (glass, mirrors, etc.)


Operation Christmas Child encourages you to consider your gift items for either a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category of 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.  If you are pressed for time you can even fill a shoebox online.  For the shoebox to reach it’s destination Samaritan’s Purse requests your support.  By giving a minimum $7 donation per shoebox, you help cover the costs of shipping and other project-related costs.

Carolyn Jones who organized the information meeting I attended has visited some of the distribution points in the past and her tears during the evening when she spoke about the children she saw easily expressed how much love is involved with this very special project.

The 2016 National Collection Week for shoeboxes is planned for November 14-20 and here are a few KICX Country locations participating in Operation Christmas Child.

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 374 Salem Rd., Barrie. Contact: Kelly Novoa
HiWay Church, 50 Anne St N., Barrie. Contact: Patty Hickman
Innisfil Community Church, Innisfil. Contact: Mark Quinlan
Wasaga Christian Church. 278 Main St. Wasaga Beach. Contact: Dave and Edith Thornton
Alliston Alliance Church. 648 Victoria St E. Contact: Jeanette Pelleboer
Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle, 375 Westmount Dr N. Orillia. Contact: Carolyn Jones or Robert Jones
Tiffin’s Creative Centre, 22 Peter St S. Orillia. Contact: Linda Tiffin
Orillia Community Church, 64 Colborne St E. Contact: Brenda Scriver
Salvation Army Community Church, 251 Second Street, Midland. Contact: Kim Duquette
The Shores Community Church, 256 Queen St., Victoria Harbour. Contact: Paul Cummings

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