It’s shoebox collection week

IT'S COLLECTION week for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign for this year.

VOLUNTEERS organize shoeboxes dropped off at the Alliance Church earlier this week. From left

VOLUNTEERS organize shoeboxes dropped off at the Alliance Church earlier this week. From left

IT’S COLLECTION week for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign for this year.

Boxes can be dropped off at the Alliance Church or Uplands Nursery during office hours.

The shoebox campaign sees thousands of shoeboxes filled with items for children sent around the world to impoverished areas.

Acceptable items to put in a shoebox include school supplies, toys and other gifts and some hygiene items.

Also if people send a personal note and/or photo, and include their address, they may get a letter back from the recipient.

Items that should not be included in a shoebox due to customs restrictions and other issues include toothpaste; food and chewy, crumbly or soft candy; used items; playing cards; liquids or items that can leak, freeze, melt or break and items that can scare or harm a child.

Backpacks instead of shoeboxes aren’t recommended because they create unfair circumstances during distribution. They can also cause problems when cartons are being packed and when shipments are going through customs.