Port Hardy Baptist Church would like to thank everyone who helped us reach and surpass our goal of filling 60 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child by donating items or filling their own shoeboxes. Our total as of November 4th was 140 boxes! We would also like to send a special thank you to Overwaitea for their generosity in donating the food for our hotdog sale.
Operation Christmas Child is a program run by Samaritan’s Purse which sends shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal hygiene products to children in desperate situations around the world. Most of these children have never received a Christmas present before.
This year shoeboxes will be sent to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uruguay and Venezuela.
This is a very rewarding project that takes a year around effort. Each shoebox costs approximately $40 to fill ($7 of this is for shipping). Many hours are spent fundraising, shopping and sorting items into different age groups and sexes.
If anyone would like to donate to this cause either by donating money or supplies to fill boxes we would greatly appreciate it. Donations can be dropped off at the Port Hardy Baptist church on Highland drive, Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 5pm. If you need someone to pick up your donation you can call Pastor Kevin Martineau at the church office 949-6844.