We may be surrounded by the crisp autumn colours, but Anne Hahn of Operation Christmas Child wants us to get in the festive spirit.
Operation Christmas Child has kicked off in communities across Grey and Bruce and the public is being asked to fill a shoe box with love for a child in need.
The shoe boxes should be filled with 1/3rd school supplies, 1/3rd hygiene items, and 1/3rd toys or something to play with.
She also asks for a $10 dollar donation to help cover the cost of shipping.
Hahn calls this a great opportunity for parents to get their children involved in a social justice project by allowing them to shop for the gifts.
Hahn has witnessed first hand the joy these shoe boxes bring to the children who receive them.
She says it is incredibly emotional watching these children experience such joy and excitement to receive a gift from halfway around the world.
Hahn says the shoe box is more than just a gift, it’s providing hope to a child living in poverty with the knowledge that they are loved.
Operation Christmas Child distributes shoe boxes across the globe including Central America, Africa, Europe and in the Canadian North.
The National Collection Week is November 13 to the 19th.
You can also fill a shoe box online.
To find a local drop off location visit SamaritansPurse.ca/OCC or call 1-800-303-1269.
Hahn says there are collection centers all across the region including:
Hanover, Walkerton, Mildmay, Clifford, Harriston, Durham, Mount Forest, Chatsworth, Meaford, Wiarton, Port Elgin, Tobermory as well as large regional collection centre in Shallow Lake.