Operation Christmas Child reports Canadians packed just over 615 thousand shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and many other items during their 2017 shoe box campaign. As we reported in November local coordinator Pastor Jim Galbraith of the Baptist Church advised 256 shoe boxes were collected in the Flin Flon area during the local campaign.
Distribution of the shoeboxes in the developing world has already begun. During the next few weeks children in Haiti, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Nicaragua, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Gambia and Ukraine will be receiving shoe boxes packed by caring Canadians.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and hand delivered more than 150 million gift filled shoeboxes to children in over 130 countries hurt by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease and famine.