People from across the Moose Jaw area donated more than 2,300 shoe boxes for children in need this year.
Phil Siggelkow, who is on the Moose Jaw committee for Operation Christmas Child, run by the Samaritan’s Purse, said the total of boxes collected is up from last year’s total of 2,277.
“We were hoping for a little more but it’s still good,” he said. “It’s more than last year.
“They come from individuals, churches, schools and some businesses. We had quite a variety of people.”
Moose Jaw’s Alliance Church served as the collection centre this year and Marlie McLeod was the coordinator.
The 2,345 boxes are now on their way to children in Haiti and Central America.
Siggelkow thanked people for filling the boxes as well as the 20 schools and churches that participated and the Moose Jaw & District EMS for collecting boxes from schools.
“I have been in third world countries and I have seen the reaction of children when they get something, probably the first time they have ever received a present in their life.
“They do not have anything and they are so please. To be able to bless these children with a gift is just exciting for me,” he said.
Siggelkow said Operation Christmas Child will be running in Moose Jaw again next year.
“We are certainly planning on it,” he said.