Operation Christmas Child

Robyn Taylor, Staff Writer

So what is this Operation Christmas Child the IM club keeps talking about?

Operation Christmas Child is an initiative run by Samaritan’s Purse, a multi-denominational charity organization that focuses on improving quality of life and providing aid to people living in developing countries. In order to do so, they have established multiple programs in an effort to combat the problems faced by the developing world.

Operation Christmas Child is likely one of Samaritan’s Purse most well-known initiatives, and for good reason. To date, over 103 million children all over the world have been impacted by this program.

The goal of Operation Christmas Child is to provide children in developing countries with their own personal gift this Christmas, regardless of their gender, race or religion. These gifts are packed by people from all over the world with the help of a simple item: a shoebox.

Although the gifts may seem small, many of these shoeboxes provide hope for a child. They give them a subtle reminder that there are people around the world that care for them, and that they are not alone.

From this simple idea, millions of shoeboxes packed with items from school supplies to toys have been sent to more than 150 countries and territories to children in need.

This year, boxes are being sent to:ImageProxy

  • Costa Rica
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Nepal
  • Uruguay
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Ukraine
  • Chile
  • Senegal
  • Guatemala

In fact, the 2015 goal for OCC is to collect enough shoeboxes to reach another 11 million children!

Recently, the International Mindedness Club had decided to join this initiative with the help of the students of Archbishop MacDonald.

Each Block 1 Class was tasked with filling up their own shoebox. They chose an age group (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14) and gender for the recipient, and filled it up accordingly.

For students still wondering how to best pack their box, these items are recommended:

  • School supplies ( pencils, pens, crayons, pencil crayons, notebooks, colouring books, etc.)
  • Toys and other gifts (dolls, stuffed animals, balls, socks, hair clips, cars, small musical instruments, puzzles, jump ropes, etc.)
  • Hygienic items (toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs ,etc)
  • A personal note/letter from the class is also encouraged

However, items such as these are not allowed:

  • Items that can leak, melt or freeze (shampoos, creams, toothpaste, lip balm, lotions, etc.)
  • Playing cards
  • Items that may scare or harm a child (knives, water guns, toy weapons of any kind)
  • Used items
  • Breakable items (glass, mirrors, etc.)
  • Food or candy

If anyone would like to bring shoeboxes from home, please bring average-sized ones.  A donation of $7.00 is also requested for each box, in order to cover the price for shipping and project costs.

The official collection date for all of the boxes will be on Tuesday, November 17.

So please contribute, and help us work towards our goal of putting together at least 20 shoeboxes!

For more information, please visit the official website here.

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