Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child launches an­other sea­son with kick­off event

Journal Pioneer - - COMMUNITY -

It’s shoe­box gift time with Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child (OCC) P.E.I. launch­ing its fall cam­paign at the an­nual kick­off event.

The event, slated for Oct. 14 at 6:45 p.m. at their regional col­lec­tion cen­tre, the Grace Bap­tist Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town. “We’re pleased to have Dar­ren Mur­ray, our OCC regional man­ager, with us as our spe­cial speaker this year. He led a shoe­box gift dis­tri­bu­tion trip to Sene­gal last spring and so comes with won­der­ful, first-hand sto­ries of the im­pact your shoe­box gifts are mak­ing,” said Christina Lehmann, OCC P.E.I.’s area co­or­di­na­tor and regional lo­gis­tics. In ad­di­tion to Mur­ray’s pre­sen­ta­tion, a se­ries of videos will show the im­pact OCC has around the world. Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is one of the most pop­u­lar pro­grams of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, an in­ter­na­tional Chris­tian re­lief and devel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion do­ing char­i­ta­ble work world­wide – re­spond­ing right now to many spots around the world suf­fer­ing from hur­ri­canes, earth­quakes and other nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

For OCC, in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, churches, schools and busi­ness and civic groups all par­tic­i­pate in fill­ing shoe­boxes with school sup­plies, hy­giene and per­sonal items, small cloth­ing, toys and other gifts. These shoe­box gifts are then sent all over the world to mil­lions of chil­dren.

To learn more about Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child, go to www.samar­tian­purse.ca/ about-op­er­a­tion-christ­maschild/ or call Lehmann at 902314-0616 or email clehmann@ east­link.ca.

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