Checking shoeboxes before shipping overseas

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Three Hills volunteers travel to Calgary Samaritan’s Purse to help with the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. From the left, Elizabeth Broers, Rachel Olson, Melissa Hooson, Sherry Banks and their Calgary friend Karen Wadden in the Calgary Samaritan’s Purse warehouse. ECA Review/Submitted

For the third time, Three Hills resident Sherry Banks has led a group travelling to Calgary to spend a day helping children in need at the Samaritan’s Purse processing centre.

Banks, Elizabeth Broers, Rachel Olson and Melissa Hooson spent Nov. 30 inspecting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes before they are packed in cartons and transported to Central America, West Africa, Philippines and Ukraine. There, they will be given to children who in many cases have never received a gift in their lives.

“I like Samaritan’s Purse as a whole and packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is super-fun,” said Sherry, 35. Her church, Bethel Fellowship, packed 65 shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

“Operation Christmas Child gives people hope and reminds them that God knows about them and cares for them,” Sherry explained.

It’s not too late for East Central Review readers to help children in need. Just visit and pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes online.
Contact Sherry Banks 587-321-0854

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