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Operation Christmas Child wraps up in Lloydminster

Operation Christmas Child has been deemed a success.

Volunteers at Southridge Community Church packed shoe boxes into larger boxes last week, in preparation to be shipped to Western Canada’s collection centre.

D’arcy Harris was one of the volunteers to pack shoe boxes. She says she enjoys participating annually.

“It’s something that I do every year,” Harris said. “It’s just one of my Christmas traditions, and probably my biggest motivation is hearing the stories of those who have distributed them – the joy that it brings to children, the hope, and just the fact that they have something exciting to open and that they can play with and use.”

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Ken Hastings, Lloydminster’s volunteer co-ordinator, says the shoe boxes have one final inspection before being shipped overseas.

“This trailer, that’s parked outside our collection centre right now, will be going to Calgary early [this] week,” Hastings said. “In the big warehouse in Calgary, the boxes are sorted and prepared for shipping around the world. So in the Calgary warehouse, there will be over 300,000 shoe boxes at one time.”

Hastings also says that Lloydminster has raised 3,915 shoe boxes, a new record.

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