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Whistler called on to help children celebrate Christmas around the world

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Great Games and Toys, Marketplace Dual Mountain Dry Cleaners, and the Alpine Meadows Market are all accepting shoe boxes full of goodies for needy children in countries ravaged by war, poverty, disease and disaster.

"These shoe boxes open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ though children’s literature, personal witnessing, and evangelistic programs and many lives are changed for eternity," said Franklin Graham, international president of Samaritan’s Purse which organizes the event.

Operation Christmas Child asks people around the world to put together a shoe box full of new toys, hygiene items, books, and school supplies.

The gifts are delivered to some of the most isolated regions and to some of the neediest children. In Honduras for example donkeys were used to reach kids in remote regions. In Jordan, camels carry the presents to Bedouin children in the desert.

The deadline to get the boxes in is Nov. 17. The drop-off points have leaflets which contain more information about the project and how you get your shoebox to the children.

Suggested items include small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pencils, colouring books, books, socks, T-shirts, hair clips and watches.

Do not send anything breakable or perishable. All toys must be new.

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