Shoeboxes of Love

By Janet Earle, Children's Minister

Posted on November 18, 2015

I am sure you have seen the shoeboxes. Bright red and green, some being carried home to be filled, others arriving back to be sent out. What are they and what do they have to do with you?

They are small boxes waiting to be filled with Christmas gifts for boys and girls around the world. Well maybe not what you would think of as a Christmas gift – a bar of soap, a small toy, a pencil or a toothbrush. They are collected and distributed as part of Operation Christmas Child and given to millions of children in need around the world by a Christian organization called Samaritan’s Purse.

St. Paul’s has been a part of this outreach ministry for many years. Our involvement continues to grow and this year we are serving as a collection centre for this part of Toronto. We already have over a thousand boxes at the church ready to be sent out. We are thankful for the many people who have chosen to be a part of this program. It is a small and simple way for individuals and families to show Christ’s love to the world. And it’s not over yet. Shoeboxes must be returned to St. Paul’s by November 22. So you still have time to pick one up and fill it.

If you would like to pack a shoebox with others from our St. Paul’s and surrounding community, come and join our Shoebox Packing Party. We will be packing on Saturday, November 21 from 10 am – 2 pm in Cody Hall. Bring your shoebox donations and we will fill boxes together.

Individuals and families are invited and we have some children’s activities planned. There will be snacks and lunch available for purchase and a hot chocolate bar!

Let me encourage you to find a way to participate. You can fill up a box, donate contributions for the party, or come and join us. Let’s pack up some love together.