A generous Winnipeg paramedic has launched a campaign to collect donations for Operation Christmas Child.
John McKay and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service are working with schools and churches across the city to collect donations of about 3,000 shoeboxes filled by participants from schools and churches for the global initiative started by Samaritan’s Purse in 1990.
This year, the WFPS will supply its disaster unit, a specially-equipped ambulance with a trailer, to gather the donated shoeboxes.
Each shoebox is filled with hygiene items school supplies, toys and candy. In 2014, shoeboxes donated by Canadians will be distributed in Uruguay, El Salvador, Guatemala, Sierra Leon, Costa Rica, Haiti, Senegal, and other countries. Last year, Canadians donated more than 664,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.