The 2011 Elk Valley Operation Christmas Child campaign winds-up
Saturday, November 26.
After this date the gift filled shoeboxes get loaded on a semi trailer headed for the main worldwide distribution centre in Calgary.
Samaritans Purse will deliver the shoeboxes to children around the world living in the midst of poverty, disease, war and natural disaster.
As part of Samaritans Purse rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and subsequent hurricanes and cholera outbreak, 75,000 shoeboxes in 2011 have been committed to Haiti and will be used to bring, hope, joy and love to children there.
Last year Canadians filled 640,714 boxes.
Here in the East Kootenay the goal this year is to send over 6,000 boxes.
Tarja Nolin, the East Kootenay coordinator who heads up a group of local volunteers, encourages everyone filling a box with gifts to deliver it as soon as you can to a drop-off centre close by,
Please remember to enclose a $7 donation to cover the shipping costs of getting your shoebox to a child in need.
For more information you can go online to samaritanspurse.ca or Operation Christmas Child Canada.
Please drop-off your gift box at anyone of the following locations by Saturday, November 26,
Extra Foods in Fernie
A&W in Sparwood
East Kootenay Credit Union Elkford