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Operation Christmas Child proves successful again


Operation Christmas Child was once again a success for The Pas and area, with hundreds of parcels being sent out to needy children around the world.
Pat Tonn, Organizer for Operation Christmas Child in The Pas, noted 291 of the shoe box sized parcels full of goods and toys for children were collected this year. That number was down slightly from past years however the decline was modest and could be attributed in part to the fact the boxes collected in The Pas had to be shipped out a week earlier than normal. As a result the boxes were sent a week prior to the date of collection stated on the pamphlets on Operation Christmas Child that were distributed in the community.
Those pamphlets are made for national distribution as the dates for collection are aimed to be standardized across the country.
Tonn did note the total number of boxes will likely climb from The Pas however, as some people may have elected to send their own box or make an online donation for a box, something that is tracked by postal code. Any such contributions are linked back to the postal code they came from, likely adding to The Pas’ contribution and bringing that total hopefully north of 300 boxes once again.
The Pas has been a long-time Operation Christmas Child donor, with thousands of boxes going out over nearly two decades.
Operation Christmas Child is organized by Samaritans Purse, an international relief organization, and the shoeboxes are filled with items from toys to school supplies and other needs to children around the world. In many cases it is potentially the only Christmas present some children will receive that year.
According to the Samaritans Purse website, “Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for Canadians to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and other items. We collect the boxes and distribute them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in desperate situations.
“Operation Christmas Child is an important way to remind children suffering as a result of war, poverty, famine, disease, and disaster that they are loved and not forgotten. Each year, millions of shoeboxes are packed with gifts by people in Canada and nine other “sending” countries, and given to children in more than 100 “receiving” countries.”

Trent Allen