Filling shoe boxes for the world’s children

Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes will be getting filled at a Nov. 15, 1 p.m., meeting at Bethany Baptist Church

Here are some of the knitted and crocheted dolls made by Andrea Belanger that will go into the  Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes which will be filled on Nov. 15

Here are some of the knitted and crocheted dolls made by Andrea Belanger that will go into the  Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes which will be filled on Nov. 15

The  Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes will be getting filled at a Nov. 15, 1 p.m., meeting at Bethany Baptist Church on the corner of Dixon Road and Barriere Town Road.

Members of the public are invited to join in if they are interested in preparing these wonderful little gift boxes for children around the world.

You are encouraged to bring some things that will fit in a shoe box that a small child would like, and come for an afternoon of preparing gifts for children somewhere in the world who otherwise would not get anything.

Here is a list of things permitted to go into the shoe boxes:

1.  School Supplies; pens, pencils, pencil crayons, note pads, picture books, erasers…

2.  Hygiene Items; face cloth, small towel, toothbrushes, hand soap (put in plastic bag), comb…

3.  Toys and other gifts; stuffed animals, small musical instruments, hair clips, toy jewelry, t-shirts, socks, flip-flops, shorts, hard candy (in a sealable bag), small trucks or little dolls, …

4.  You can also add a personal note and picture if you like.

The shoe boxes this year will be sent to 15 different countries around the world.

Organizers ask folks to consider a $7 donation per box that you fill to help with shipping and other expenses.

This money is sent to Samaritans Purse.  When the shoe boxes are filled, the local group put elastic bands around them to hold the lid shut and take them to the bus depot.  The bus delivers them to Alberta where Samaritans Purse’s Canadian warehouse is located.

If you have questions please phone Julia Hetu at 250-672-9386, or go to  the Samaritan’s Purse website at: SamaritansPurse.ca, where you can find more information.