Operation Christmas Child

Once again Erskine School is pleased to take part in Operation Christmas Child, with guidance through the Samaritans Purse organization.  We will be accepting donations to assist in international relief around the world for children in their day to day living, etc, and to ensure they have a great Christmas!

We will be filling shoe boxes with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child between the ages of 2 & 14 years old.  If you and your child (children) choose to partake in this project, please look at the gift ideas below:


Determine if your shoe box is for a boy or girl between 2-4 years of age, 5-9 years of age, or 10-14 years of age.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES—Items such as pencils, pens, pencil crayons, note pads and picture books.

TOYS & OTHER GIFTS—Items such as stuffed animals, small musical instruments, hair clips, toy jewelry, t-shirts and socks

HYGIENE ITEMS— Mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

OTHER— T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE—In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family.  (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE - Toothpaste (due to customs regulations), Food and any chewy, crumbly or soft candy, including gum (due to customs regulations), Used items, Playing cards (other card games such as UNO are allowed), Liquids or items that could leak, melt, freeze or break (shampoo, creams, lip balm, bath gels, mirrors or glass items), Items that can scare or harm a child (war related toys, knives or toy guns), Using a backpack instead of a shoe box is problematic because it creates unfair circumstances at distribution events.  Backpacks can also cause problems when cartons are being packed and when shipments are going through Customs. 

MONEY - Monetary donations are accepted in the form of cash or cheque (cheques made out to Samaritan’s Purse- note “OCC” on memo line).  * $7/shoe box helps offset the costs of shipping and administration.  They can also be made online at the samaritanspurse.ca website



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Any questions, please contact Mrs. Morbeck at 403-742-5220.