Operation Christmas Child building up in Stettler region

With generous caring hearts from the heart of Alberta, local residents are again extending their love by packing shoeboxes for needy children in the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign over the next month.

Individuals, families, schools, churches, businesses, and community groups are encouraged to fill shoeboxes with a variety of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, plus personal notes and photos for children in developing countries.

“The Christmas shoe boxes are an excellent way for all people to bring the same hope, joy, love, and peace that we talk about at Christmas to children across the world who otherwise have no reason to experience hope, joy, love, and peace,” said Scott Whitford, pastor of Stettler Alliance Church which has become the depot to collect the boxes.

“It is the true spirit of Christmas expressed in a very tangible way and our church and our community are proud to help make a difference in the lives of children in developing countries.”

All filled boxes must be delivered to the church during National Shoe Box Collection Week from Nov. 16 to 21.

Empty shoeboxes are available at local churches and schools, the items may also be packed in reusable containers the same or similar size.

Last year, Canadians filled nearly 714,000 shoeboxes, and sent over 68 million since the program was established in Canada in 1993 under Samaritan’s Purse, based in Calgary.

Each gift-filled shoebox collected in western Canada this year will make a long journey to the outstretched hands of a needy child in Central America in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are also opening doors and creating opportunities for Samaritan’s Purse to provide children, families, and communities with access to safe water, food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance, and/or educational resources.

For more information, phone Whitford at 403-742-1135.

Just Posted

U16 Stettler girls win gold in provincials

Forever the ‘Come back Queens’

Preliminary inquiry set in Stettler for co-accused Anderson and Vance

Pair targeted by newly formed RCMP Crime Reduction unit

Teckla Anderson’s legacy lives on in Stettler

150 youth from central Alberta participate in basketball camp

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

RCMP Major Crimes South make arrest in Red Deer homicide investigation

Gabriel Juma We Agotic of Red Deer arrested in Calgary

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Group urges Canada to help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany

They’re concerned about Canada’s apparent unwillingness to come to the aid of Monika Schaefer

MGM sues Vegas mass shooting victims, argues it isn’t liable

The company argues it has “no liability of any kind” to survivors or families of slain victims

Usain Bolt to make run at pro soccer in Australia

Olympic sprint great has long expressed his love of the game

Most Read


Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.