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Dinsmore woman, friends help inspect gift boxes

Submission from Samaritan's Purse Canada
Dinsmore Woman and Friends
Dinsmore resident Twyla Norris (right rear, with friends Linda Dyck, left, Mary Lynne Golphy, right, and Bonnie Jean Low, left rear).

DINSMORE - Dinsmore resident Twyla Norris traveled all the way to Calgary to help inspect Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes at the headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse.

It’s the first year Twyla made the trip; she was supposed to go in 2020, but the pandemic stopped that plan.

Once they’ve been inspected (to ensure none of the contents can scare or harm a child, or cause any customs problems), hundreds of thousands of shoeboxes packed by generous Canadians like those in Dinsmore and Rosetown go to countries in Central America and west Africa. There, they are given to children who, in many cases, have never received a gift in their lives.

“When you find out this is the first gift some of these kids have ever received, it reminds me how fortunate I am,” Twyla said.

Outlook readers can still pack shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children in need. Just visit and do it online!

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