Shoebox drive spreads hope arou­nd the world

<p>The sound of sirens on city streets yesterday was the sound of hope for many underprivileged kids around the world as Calgary EMS kicked off Operation Christmas Child with a convoy of 50 ambulances.</p>

 



 

 

dave buston for metro calgary

 

Students from Heritage Christian School are all smiles yesterday as they form a cargo relay to waiting EMS vehicles and HAWC helicopter for the Operation Christmas Child charity. The kids collected 400 boxes filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies that will be delivered to children in 125 countries around the world.





The sound of sirens on city streets yesterday was the sound of hope for many underprivileged kids around the world as Calgary EMS kicked off Operation Christmas Child with a convoy of 50 ambulances.





More than 100 paramedics and volunteers and 50 off-duty ambulances from Calgary and surrounding cities celebrated the annual shoebox drive by deploying a fleet of vehicles filled with the hand-filled giftboxes.





HAWC2 and STARS helicopters touched down at Stampede Park to participate in the drive, which lasted all morning.





Amie Gosselin, media relations co-ordinator for Operation Christmas Child, told Metro the impact the shoeboxes have on children around the world is immense.





“It may not seem like a big deal but these shoeboxes mean so much for the kids who receive them. A lot of them have never received a gift before and it isn’t just a gift to them. It reminds the kids that people remember them and they are not forgotten,” she said.





Samaritan’s Purse began the drive 15 years ago and collected almost 800,000 shoeboxes from Canada last year alone.





Boxes are filled with gifts such as toothbrushes, school supplies, and notebooks.















nearly 10,000 boxes


  • Roughly 10,000 shoeboxes from about 40 Calgary schools will now be sent to children to Central and South America, West Africa and the Caribbean for Christmas.


 
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