Operation Christmas Child boxes now in

Community hopes to increase the number of show boxes donated


Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse charity is a hands-on way for Canadians to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and other items.  

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Operation Christmas Child boxes are available now at the Souris Plaindealeror by calling Carol Turner at 204-483-2661.

Here are some ideas for filling shoeboxes: Start with a “Wow” Item - Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes. Other Suggestions include toys: items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc. School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books, etc. Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc. Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewellery, watches, flashlights, etc. Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets. You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

Do Not Include: Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

You may wish to gear your donation to a various age group. Girl or Boy ages 2 – 4 years; 5 to 9 years; 10 – 14 years, which you indicate on your filled shoebox.

You may wish to pack a shoebox online at packabox.samaritanspurse.ca

A decade ago Souris shipped approximately 275 filled shoeboxes and according to Carol Turner, the local project coordinator, only 20 boxes were shipped in 2018.

The deadline for returning a full box is November 18.



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