by Carol Friesen

Did you know that a simple shoebox gift can transform a child’s life? Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, is a hands-on way for individuals and groups in Canada to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. As Samaritan’s Purse works to provide physical and spiritual relief to hurting people all over the world, shoeboxes remind children suffering through war, poverty, famine, disease, and disaster that they are loved and not forgotten. This may be the first gift a child has ever received—and it carries a life-changing message that not only are they loved by someone in the world, they are loved by God as well.

It’s easy to get involved! Start with a standard or preprinted shoebox to pack for a boy or girl, and fill it with a “wow” toy such as a doll, stuffed animal, or soccer ball with pump, and other items such as school supplies, other fun toys, and hygiene items. A donation of $10 with your shoebox gift helps to cover shipping and other project costs.

This is a great project for groups, organizations, families, and individuals! Pick up preprinted shoeboxes at Dollar Tree in Kemptville or at Kemptville Pentecostal Church (1964 Hwy #43). Shoebox gifts should be dropped off at one of these locations during national collection week, November 18 to 24.

For more information or to get supplies for your group, please e-mail Carol Friesen, OCC Community Relations Coordinator for North Grenville at [email protected], or call Pastor Steven Kohls, OCC Logistics Coordinator for North Grenville at 613-258-5779.

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