Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes can be picked up or dropped off at many Central Alberta locations until Nov. 25.
In Red Deer, go to Colour Carpet Centre at Ste. 1100, 5001 19th St., Scott’s Parable in Gasoline Alley west or Kraze 101.3 offices at 103, 6751 52nd Ave.
In Blackfalds, After the Grind Coffee House at 4911 Broadway Ave.
In Lacombe, Sunny 94 offices at 4725 49B Ave.
In Sylvan Lake, the Great Canadian Dollar Store at 5020 50th St. or Sylvan Lake Alliance Church at 4404 47th Ave.
The annual campaign through the Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse collects shoe boxes filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candy, which are given to Third World children regardless of gender, race, religion, or age.
This year, Canadian boxes will go to children in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Last year, more than 650,000 Canadian shoeboxes were donated.
More information is available online at www.samaritanspurse.ca/occ or by calling 1.800.663.6500.