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Local kids helping kids throughout the world

Thirty-four kids from the West Highlands Early Years Centre Program packed 10 shoeboxes with gifts and brought them to the Amherst Wesleyan Church on Wednesday. The shoeboxes will be sent to kids throughout the world.
Thirty-four kids from the West Highlands Early Years Centre Program packed 10 shoeboxes with gifts and brought them to the Amherst Wesleyan Church on Wednesday. The shoeboxes will be sent to kids throughout the world.

AMHERST – Kids from the West Highlands Early Years Centre Program packed 10 shoeboxes for the annual Operation Christmas Child Samaritan Purse program.

Thirty-four of the kids were at the Amherst Wesleyan Church on Wednesday to drop the shoeboxes off.

“The shoeboxes are taken to a main distribution site in Moncton (on Saturday) where they’re all collected, and then they’re taken to another centre and put into big cartons to be shipped overseas,” said Sheryl York, a volunteer at the Wesleyan Church.

The shoeboxes are shipped to kids throughout the world.

“The shoeboxes go overseas to little boys and girls who most likely never received a present in their life,” said York. “These children can be walking miles to get these boxes, and then they bring it home and share it with their families.

“These kids packed 10 boxes, so instead of it impacting only 10 children it impacts 10 families, and they are large families, so anywhere from 50 to 60 people can be impacted,” she added.

She says the community has been very supportive of the shoebox program.

“This is a wonderful way to affect the world, and it’s such a tiny piece when you fill just one tiny shoebox but it has such a huge impact.”

It is not too late to fill shoeboxes but time is running out. All boxes will be sent away this Saturday morning.

Shoeboxes can be picked up and dropped off at the Amherst Wesleyan Church at the following times:

Wednesday – 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday and Friday – 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday – Shoeboxes can be dropped off between 9 and 10 a.m.

The church is located at 6 Matlby Crescent, close to West Highlands School.

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