Sault Ste. Marie Residents Pack More Than 2,300 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes for Children in Need


2019 total includes boxes packed online through option available year-round

In Sault Ste. Marie 2,371 shoeboxes were filled.

Canadians lovingly packed 490,471 shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and many other items during the 2019 Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign that recently ended.

Distribution of the shoeboxes in the developing world has already begun. During the next few weeks, children in Central America and western Africa will be receiving shoeboxes packed by caring Canadians.

The 490,471 boxes donated in 2019—including 12,098 packed online at—were part of a worldwide total of 10,569,405 collected in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Australia, and New Zealand.

“We are extremely thankful to Canadians, many of whom are unemployed or facing significant economic uncertainty, for their generosity in continuing to support this vital program year after year,” said Randy Crosson, director of Operation Christmas Child Canada.

“Each shoebox that someone fills is an opportunity to show hurting children that they are loved by God and by us, and the gifts Canadians have provided will once again bless children—many of whom have never before received a present.”

Where it is culturally appropriate, all children who receive a shoebox are invited to attend The Greatest Journey, Samaritan’s Purse’s 12-lesson evangelism and discipleship program. Since 2010, more than nine million children have decided to become Christians through The Greatest Journey.

Year-Round Option:

Thousands of Canadians are taking advantage of Operation Christmas Child’s internet option that enables them to pack shoeboxes all year round at Canadians can choose shoebox gift items while also uploading personal notes and photos.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and hand-delivered more than 177 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 130 countries hurt by war, poverty, natural disaster, disease, and famine.