BigSteelBox a Proud Supporter of Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a charitable organization that sends shoeboxes packed with simple gifts to children living in situations of war, poverty, disease and natural disaster.
Over the last 20 years Canada and the USA have contributed 94 million shoeboxes to children in 130 countries. This year the goal was to pack the 100 millionth box.
Churches, businesses, schools and families get involved each year. Twelve-year-old Tucker (below) is a supporter of Operation Christmas Child. He earned money by selling birdhouses and feeders in the Salmon Arm area and bought clothing, school supplies, hygiene items and toys and filled two dozen boxes. In his words, “Kids in other countries need our help.”
BigSteelBox in Salmon Arm has been involved with this worthwhile project for the past seven seasons. Financial support is provided for a Fall Fair booth, supplies needed by the area co-ordinator (a BigSteelBox employee), and a container is made available as a collection center.
The BigSteelBox box was at Centenoka Park Mall from November 19-29. Over the seven years, the Salmon Arm area has averaged 1,500 boxes a year. The gift boxes arrive at their destinations within the first half of each year. Canadian boxes go this year to countries in Central America, the Caribbean, South America and West Africa.
For more information, visit their website.