Thousands of Canadians and businesses donate large volumes of items that Operation Christmas Child can use in shoebox gifts like clothing, school supplies, hygiene items, stuffed animals etc. We have a large variety of these Gift in Kind (GIK) items currently in the Processing Center so we are hosting a Packing Party to pack more shoeboxes! This is a fun volunteer experience as you walk up and down a product line, selecting items to add to individual shoebox gifts. Please know you will be walking throughout the shift, with some light lifting. Some volunteers will serve in the packing area to sort shoeboxes and pack them in cartons or restock the packing party line as needed. Note there are limited sit down jobs available.
Have you ever wondered how we assemble shoeboxes that have been packed on our website at www.packabox.ca? It all happens in the Calgary Processing Center! At the beginning of each new year, Operation Christmas Child orders all the needed items like school supplies, toys, hygiene items, t-shirts etc based on what donors have requested on www.packabox.ca. Once items arrive in the Calgary Processing Center we begin unpackaging and sorting the items so they are ready to be packed in shoebox gifts. Each shoebox has a specific packing list so it requires special attention so that each gift is loving packed as the donor requested.
At the beginning of this project we have many sit down jobs to unpackage and sort items, however once that is complete volunteers will be walking up and down a product line, selecting specific items to add to individual shoebox gifts. Volunteers will be walking throughout the shift, with some light lifting. Some volunteers will serve in the packing area to sort shoeboxes and pack them in cartons or restock the packing line as needed.
Processing Center volunteer opportunities are restricted to those 14 years of age or older. A 1:5 chaperone is required for youth volunteers between 14-17 years of age.