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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Residents from Prespatou recently travelled to Calgary to help inspect boxes before they were packed away for Operation Christmas. 

Steve Reimer, Dara Reimer, Simon Loewen, and James Loewen made the trip to Calgary for the second consecutive year to help the Samaritan’s Purse with its annual Operation Christmas Child campaign. 

On November 25th, the Reimers and Loewens were inspecting shoeboxes filled with donations of gifts and hygiene products before they were packed away to be shipped across the world for Christmas. 

Dara Reimer has been packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas for the past 20 years. 

“I like making sure kids get gifts,” Reimer said. “Especially the ones who’ve never gotten one in their lives.” 

Operation Christmas Child is an annual campaign that sees the Samaritan’s Purse Canada, together with individuals and community groups, put together shoeboxes of gifts, school supplies, and hygiene products for children in need worldwide. 

This year, the boxes will be sent to places like Central America, the Philippines, Ukraine, and West Africa. 

Since starting the operation in 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse has distributed nearly 200 million boxes in over 100 countries. 

For more information or to help pack a last-minute box, visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.

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Katherine Caddel is a recent graduate of Laurentian University's English Media and Rhetoric program. They grew up in Northern Ontario and recently decided to make the North Peace their new home. When not at work, Katherine enjoys horror movies, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.