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these people lived. The group he was travelling with felt uneasy about the smelly sewers, wild dogs running loose and unclean kids everywhere.
"They were told that bunch of gringos, white guys, were coming to give a presentation," said Richardson.
In 2006 he went to El Salvador. It was eye opening experience for him, witnessing the squalor in which Converse All Star Leather Boots
Like the young Americans and Canadians seeing extreme poverty for the first time, these children were receiving a gift for the first time.
This year, the boxes will be distributed to children in South and Central America and West Africa.
Richardson, only 18 at the time, said the children didn't even know what they were going for, and certainly had no idea that they would be receiving gifts.
"Some people see something miraculous, and do nothing," said Richardson. "I chose to do something."
On the first day, 50 Canadians and 50 Americans, all between 16 and 21 years old, were there to help out with the distribution process in the country's poorest village. Poor families traveled from as far away as 100 kilometres.
He said that there's more to it than just putting together a few items in a shoebox. There are many steps in the process. He was fortunate to see all of them. He was in Calgary where he saw the workers go through the under filled boxes and top them up with more supplies and toys. He even got to hand deliver his own gift filled shoebox to a child in San Salvador.
plastic container (name brand seems to stand up better), or even use a backpack. The box or container is often cherished as much as the gifts inside.
For some of them, this meant they would be able to go to school now something many of them had never done before.
The annual "shoebox project" is underway again in our community.
Local organizer Buy Converse Shoes Online Australia Cheap Melanie Watt said that most of the area schools and churches have their project packages and boxes . Folks in the community that would like to contribute can pick up brochures and boxes at City Hall, the libraries, and The Dollar Store.
"When I came home, I felt useless," he said, so he kept applying to go overseas again and offer assistance.
families and communities.
"They didn't understand what a gift was," he said.
from start to finish
He went to Mexico and Tobasco for two and a half months doing disaster relief. He helped with foundations, roofing and rebuilding homes.
"About 96 per cent of the world is outside North America. To live all your life in North America, you never see the real world. One step outside you are in the real world," said Richardson.
Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover project costs including shipping and expand assistance to children and their communities.
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Last season, 661,530 shoe boxes from Canada were collected and distributed to children in more than 15 countries. Each gift is a special reminder to a child that he or she is loved. Delivered by teams of local pastors, charities, and civic leaders, Operation Christmas Child gifts provide opportunities to make a lasting impact on children, Converse All Star Leather Ox Women's
When he came back to Canada, however, Richardson said that he felt puzzled. He was changed by the experience, his worldview forever expanded.
One by one they handed out the donated shoeboxes to the underprivileged children. The children's eyes went wide, seeing school supplies, toys, candy, shirts, wristwatches and games inside each box. What surprised Richardson was when the children opened the boxes, scanned the items, then closed them.
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