Children in Senegal receiving their shoe boxes. (Frank King photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach area sends more than 1,000 shoeboxes to children in need

Toys, hygiene items, school supplies and other items included in the boxes

People from the Parksville Qualicum Beach area have packed over 1,000 shoeboxes that will be sent to children in need in Central America and western Africa.

The boxes include toys, hygiene items, school supplies and other items. 490, 471 boxes were sent from Canada as part of Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and hand-delivered more than 177 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 130 countries hurt by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease, and famine.

READ MORE: Shoeboxes are out for Operation Christmas Child

“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, director of Operation Christmas Child Canada in a press release.

Boxes can be packed all year at PackaBox.ca — you can choose shoebox gift items while also uploading personal notes and photos.

— NEWS staff

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