Samaritan’s Purse Canada's Operation Christmas Child Shoebox is now underway and Airdronians can help out.

Operation Christmas Child is an annual initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization that works in more than 100 countries

Last year, Canadians filled more than 415,000 shoeboxes for struggling children in West Africa, Central America, Ukraine and the Philippines.

In 2022, 2,041 children in need received Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from Airdrie residents.

"Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed more than 200 million shoebox gifts to children in need in more than 100 countries," stated Frank King, News Media Relations Manager with Samaritan’s Purse.

During National Shoebox Collection Week, November 13-19, Airdronains will have a few Airdrie locations to drop off the shoeboxes:

Kingdom City

1604 Summerfield Blvd SE

November 13 - 19, 2023

Tues. 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed. 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thur. 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sun. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Airdrie Christian Academy

77 Gateway Dr. NE

November 13 - 19, 2023

Mon. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tues. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thur. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

For those who are interested in creating their own shoebox, King stated they do recommend a few items.

"The three things we asked folks to put in our school supplies, hygiene items, and toys."

If you do not have time to make your own shoebox but would still like to send one, Airdrionains can click HERE and create their own online.

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