Do you want to bring some joy to a needy child half way across the globe? If so, you may want to consider participating in Operation Christmas Child.
Residents across the region are being asked to fill a shoebox with gifts for a child living in poverty.
The shoeboxes should be filled with 1/3rd school supplies, 1/3rd hygiene items, (soap, tooth brush, wash cloth, brush) and 1/3rd toy or something to play with.
A $10 dollar donation is also requested to help cover shipping costs
Hanover Logistics Coordinator Anne Hahn knows first hand how much these shoeboxes mean to those that receive them.
She recently returned from Gambia where she helped distribute shoeboxes to some very happy children; she says for many of the children, this may be the only gift they ever receive.
For 23 years communities across Grey and Bruce have participated in Operation Christmas Child collecting between 6 and 7 thousand shoeboxes a year.
This year the Grey Bruce shoeboxes will go to either Central America, West Africa or the Ukraine.
Globally, Operation Christmas Child has distributed shoeboxes to 150 countries including the Canadian North. (Tuktoyoktuk, North West Territories and Rankin Inlet in Nunavut)
Hahn encourages families to get their children involved in packing a shoebox as it serves as a powerful lesson in the value of generosity.
Many churches and schools throughout Grey and Bruce Counties are participating in Operation Christmas Child and there are drop off locations throughout the region.
Collection of the shoeboxes runs from November 12th to the 18th to find a location you can visit SamaritansPurse.ca or call 1-800-303-1269.