The idea behind the shoe boxes is that the boxes are filled by Canadians with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candies and given to children regardless of gender, race or religion. What we did at the sorting facility was open up the boxes and check to make sure that they only contained items that are allowed to be shipped to these countries. I opened boxes from as far away as the east coast. What touched me the most was the thoughtfulness and love that "strangers" put into these boxes. So often we get caught up in the "buying" of Christmas that we forget the simple things and that not everyone is as fortunate as us. When you open a box and see it stuffed to the brim with items you know will make a child think they have died and gone to heaven just warms your heart. I can't even begin to describe how this experience touched me. Tim and I are going back on Saturday as I know he will be just as inspired as I was!
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I do know this….. I will be shopping throughout the coming year and stashing things away so that next season I can pack my own shoeboxes for a child in need.
Chat at you later,