Anna Cook shows off one of the Christmas donation displays they are setting up throughout the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.

It’s time to fill those shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Organizers say they need school and hygiene products

While it seems like summer just ended, organizers are gearing up for the annual Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, in collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in the developing world.

Parksville Qualicum Beach area volunteers hope to top last year’s contribution of 1,071 boxes to Canada’s 700,000 and more than 100 million world wide.

Local coordinator Anna Cook said they’re looking for any donations, but especially school and hygiene items, toys and small gifts that will be sent to countries like Haiti, the Ukraine, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea.

They are looking for all the regular school supplies like pens, pencils, erasers, note books etc. and any non-liquid hygiene items like combs, brushes and soap.

Meant for the holiday season, people could also include other fun small gifts like games or toys and some more personalized items like a note or photos. “Most of us probably can’t remember the first gift we ever received, but to these children, the shoebox they receive filled with gifts will never be forgotten,” said a news release.

Cook invites the public to their official kickoff Monday, Oct. 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church, 550 Pym Street, for more information and an empty shoebox to fill. There are also donation stations at most churches, elementary schools and many businesses. People can pick up a box to fill or just drop off items before Nov. 21 for their long journey.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Nanoose Bay residents miffed as roadwork on Northwest Bay Road causing long delays

‘I sat in traffic for a half-hour and moved approximately 50 feet’

Oceanside RCMP officer makes Alexa’s Team

Munro able to stop and process 15 impaired motorists during the past year

Potty Mouth artist creating Funky Fungus

Parksville-Qualicum’s Carmen Lutz has people chuckling with her hand-made, rustic mugs

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

Parksville man, 75, goes missing from north Nanaimo home

Police dog services called in to help with search

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Wildfire burning outside of Port Alberni

Coastal Fire Centre on scene

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

Most Read