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Operation Christmas Child
Published on Nov 14, 2016 15:13

Dear Parents,

As a school, we will be working with Operation Christmas Child to put a SMILE on a child’s face. It is an organization where each shoebox is filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, and toys, and is given to children regardless of gender, race, or religion.  Since 1993, Operation Christmas Smile, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories!  In order to meet the deadline of the drop-off centre in Newmarket, and not have to ship the boxes on our own, we are asking for items to be at school by this Monday, November 21, 2016 so they can be dropped off in time.  There were be a table set up in the foyer during interviews or you can send the items in with your child by Monday.  The gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child's age categories are 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.  It would be great if we could create a box for each category.

This year, we as a school can make a child’s Christmas.

Some items you can bring to help fill a shoebox are: http://samaritanspurse.ca/media/431675/OCC-List-of-Approved-Items_2016.pdf

Tooth brush - Hair brush

  • Pencils, crayons, erasers, sharpener, etc - Notepad

  • Colouring books - Books

  • Small stuffed animals - Any small toy (Soccer ball, Doll,

  • Mittens, hats, scarves,             hot wheels, etc)

  • Personal note

Do NOT include:

  • Decks of standard playing cards (other card games such as UNO are allowed)

  • Food or candy: Including gum, chocolate, etc (due to customs regulation)

  • Used items (due to customs regulations)

  • Liquids or items that could leak, melt, freeze, or break - Shampoo, creams, lip balm, bath gels, toothpaste,mirrors, or glass, etc.

We as Mother Teresa Catholic School hope you can make a difference by making this holiday a great one for a child out there who would have had no presents this year otherwise.

The following links are information for you if you wish to create a box on your own with your family.  

What to fill your shoebox with How to pack a shoebox: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/