Shoebox drive feeling pinch

<p>Samaritan’s Purse is pleading with Calgarians to dig a little deeper to help make Christmas much brighter for less-fortunate children around the world this holiday season.</p>

 

Samaritan’s Purse extends deadline to meet year’s goal


 

 

robin kuniski/for metro calgary

 

Amie Gosselin, communications adviser for Operation Christmas Child, holds a few empty shoeboxes, as donations are down this year in record numbers. Samaritan’s Purse is hoping for more Calgarians to step up and give at this important time of year.





Samaritan’s Purse is pleading with Calgarians to dig a little deeper to help make Christmas much brighter for less-fortunate children around the world this holiday season.





The international charitable organization is short on donations for its well-known Operation Christmas Child shoebox program, and has extended its fundraising deadline in order to meet this year’s goal.





“The need for shoeboxes is very real, so please help us by the deadline to extend a gift of love to as many needy children as possible,” Greg Johnson, director of Operation Christmas Child said yesterday.





The shoeboxes donated and collected across Canada this holiday season will be hand-delivered to children in 15 different countries.





“There are never enough shoebox gifts to provide a message of love to every deserving child around the world, but this season with a little more help from our supporters in the next few days we’ll do everything to meet that pressing need,” Johnson said.





But the plea certainly doesn’t mean the organization isn’t grateful for the thousands of donations it’s already received from generous Canadians.





“We thank Canadians for the hundreds of thousands of shoebox gifts that are currently making their way through our processing centres. We also want those contributors to know there is still time to do so.”





Last year Operation Shoebox collected 738,079 shoeboxes and the organization said they would like to reach at least that number this year, if not more.





Amie Gosselin, communication adviser for Operation Christmas Child, told Metro there could be a few reasons this year’s numbers are falling short of last year’s.





“Our numbers this year aren’t quite where they were last year and that could be because of the earlier start date and the warmer weather. But people should know there is still time and they should really get involved,” she said.





She added that people should remember to send a “well-balanced” shoebox of school supplies, toys and hygiene products.





“It’s good to have toys because kids like to play and school supplies to help promote education. Soap, toothbrushes and wash clothes are always a good idea, too.”




krista.sylvester@metronews.ca














Time till Friday



  • Calgarians have until Friday at 4 p.m. to drop off their shoebox donations at the processing centre, 20 Hopewell Way N.E. For more information, check out www.samaritanspurse.ca.



 
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