Canadians lovingly packed more than 517,000 shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and many other items during the 2018 Operation Christmas Child campaign that recently ended.
Distribution has already begun in the developing world. During the next few weeks, children in Central America, Haiti, western Africa and Ukraine will be receiving shoeboxes packed by caring Canadians.
The boxes donated in 2018—including more than 11,000 packed online at PackaBox.ca—were part of a worldwide total of more than 10 million collected in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, Japan, Germany and Australia.
“We are extremely thankful to Canadians, many of whom are unemployed or facing significant economic uncertainty, for their generosity in continuing to support this vital program year after year,” said Randy Crosson, Operation Christmas Child Canada director. “Each shoebox that someone fills is an opportunity to show hurting children that they are loved. The gifts Canadians have provided will once again bless children—many of whom have never before received a present.”
Where it is culturally appropriate, all children who receive a shoebox are invited to attend The Greatest Journey, Samaritan’s Purse’s 12-lesson evangelism and discipleship program. Since 2010, almost nine million children have decided to become Christians through The Greatest Journey.
Thousands of Canadians are taking advantage of the Operation Christmas Child Internet option that enables them to pack shoeboxes year round at PackaBox.ca. Canadians can choose shoebox gift items while also uploading personal notes and photos.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and hand delivered more than 167 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children hurt by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease and famine in more than 130 countries.