The Annual Operation Christmas Child Campaign is close to wrapping up as the deadline for drop-offs approaches this weekend.

Lisa Branch, Logistics Coordinator for the Foothills area campaign, says the annual initiative is well supported in the Foothills and across the nation.

"Last year more than 615,000 children received shoe boxes packed by generous Canadians," she said.

Branch says the community support has been overwhelming, as always.

"We had a girl's club that did a packing party and they packed 70 boxes, Big Rock School has already brought in over 90 boxes, and they're still probably trickling in, the Millarville Community Church did a packing party and packed 176 boxes, so it's going really well," she said.

This year's campaign began back on Monday, October 15, and Branch says the truck will be leaving the Okotoks drop-off centre, located at 28 Westland Road, with the shoe boxes Saturday, November 17.

The drop-off centre will be open Friday, November 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept the last of the filled shoe boxes.

A list of suggested items to fill the shoe boxes with, as well as additional information can be found at

Those who would like to participate in the campaign but cannot make it to the drop off centre are invited to utilize the online platform that is available at


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