Shoeboxes full of love from Chilliwack

Guests of Ruth and Naomi's in Chilliwack have been paying 25 cents for a coffee, and that built up the coffee fund

Operation Christmas Child was underway in Chilliwack at Ruth and Naomi's Mission. The cheery green and red shoeboxes will be shipped to children in developing nations

Operation Christmas Child was underway in Chilliwack at Ruth and Naomi's Mission. The cheery green and red shoeboxes will be shipped to children in developing nations

They don’t call Christmas the season of giving for nothing.

Ruth and Naomi’s Mission volunteers were filling Operation Christmas Child boxes this week to brighten the season for children in the developing world.

The mission raised $500 from a coffee fund to help pay for items to fill 50 shoeboxes.

The boxes are packed with little presents, to be collected and distributed in the coming weeks by the Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse.

Guests of Ruth and Naomi’s have been paying 25 cents for a coffee, and that built up the coffee fund to a point where it could do some good.

“It shows that people can give back at this time of year no matter what their circumstances are,” said RAN volunteer Kay Olson.

The coffee coins paid for the cheery little gifts that went into the brightly coloured shoeboxes for struggling boys and girls to open at Christmas.

“Even the neediest people in Chilliwack at the mission still had 25 cents to offer. And look what we were able to do with it,” said practicum student Estera Mihai.

Operation Christmas Child has brought joy—and a powerful message of hope—to more than 103 million children so far, according to Samaritan’s Purse details posted online.