Each year, the community fills special ‘shoeboxes’ with Christmas gifts for children in developing countries as part of Operation Christmas Child.
Distributed throughout southern Bruce County, thousands of boxes were filled. Local organizer, Joyce Scammell, said that contributions have exceeded expectations. “We are way up again this year in both the number of boxes and cash donations. People have been exceptionally generous.”
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Steve Pellow of Shoreline Baptist church picked up the hundreds of boxes in Port Elgin and transported them to Shallow Lake Community Church where they are being organized for shipment to the final processing center in Calgary.
Operation Christmas Child is a program run by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief organization headed up by Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham. Since 1993, more than 100 million shoeboxes have brought a message of hope to children living in desperate circumstances due to famine, poverty, natural disaster, war or disease. Among the countries where children will received the gifts are Senegal, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Nicaragua, Uruguay and the Ukraine.