Time is running out to drop off your shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. There are drop off locations in Hanover, Port Elgin, Owen Sound and Collingwood.
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit then to fill a shoebox full of gifts for a little boy or girl living in poverty?
Operation Christmas Child is well underway and the shoeboxes are being collected between November 18th and the 24th in various locations across Grey and Bruce Counties.
The shoe boxes should be filled with 1/3 hygiene items, 1/3rd school supplies and 1/3rd something to play with.
Operation Christmas Child spokesperson Anne Hahn encourages parents to have their children help fill the shoebox; calling it a great way for children to help other children.
Over the years Hahn has helped distribute the shoeboxes in West Africa, Central America and South America.
Each time she says the joy, excitement and gratitude from the children is overwhelming.
For many of the children, she says the shoebox items may be the only gifts they ever receive.
Participants are encouraged to write a letter to the child and include a ten dollar donation to help cover the shipping costs.
Hahn says the people of Grey Bruce have always been incredibly generous, last Â year over 6 thousand shoeboxes from this region were shipped overseas to children in need.
Hahn urges residents across the region to open their hearts once again and take a little time to pack a shoebox full of love for a child living in poverty, famine or war.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child or to find out where the various drop off locations are across Grey and Bruce Counties you can visit www.samaritanspurse.ca .