The annual Operation Shoebox – or Operation Christmas Child – is back for another year, perennially coordinated in Timmins by Peggy Bendell.
It gathers shoeboxes of small items destined to needy countries all around the world – Christian or not.
Bendell says boxes are available at all four post offices in the city; Timmins Square; Jorie’s Fine Clothing downtown; and TimberMart in South Porcupine.
The recently closed Pop Shoes provided five dozens boxes. Bendell has them at home.
“I want them out of my house,” she says, “so if people want to come to my house, please…”
Bendell says the toughest group to supply is older boys.
“And I always say listen, they can have tools. You can put a little screwdriver, a little hammer, a wrench and there’s beginnings of a career for them.”
You can also put in toothbrushes, toothpaste, face cloths, school supplies and anything you can think of for needy children.
Bendell notes that added to the country list for 2022 is one war-ravaged nation and one that’s been battered by hurricanes.
“Ukraine and the Philippines. They’ve never gone from Canada to those areas.”
Ukraine was the subject of a special drive a few years back, however.
Empty boxes need to be returned, filled, in time to ship them out to arrive by Christmas.
“The final week is November 14th to the 20th,” Bendell notes. “So try to get them to the places by the 14th.”
Bendell will answer any questions about the campaign and the organization behind it. Her phone number is 705-235-5121.
Here is the audio of our full interview.