With the Yuletide season quickly approaching, the students at the West Country Outreach School were doing their best to make it a special time for less-fortunate children in Third World countries by participating in Operation Christmas Child. In addition, shoeboxes packed with school supplies, personal hygienic items and a few treats were also collected at the Rimbey Christian School, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Bluffton School and the Rimbey Pre-School, all of which is destined for Cambodia this year.
“The local support is wonderful this year. I can’t believe the number of boxes we have received. It’s just been phenomenal this year,” said program coordinator Aleshia Melanson of the Rimbey EMS. “We’ve actually received more boxes this year than we did last year, I believe. Rimbey has a huge sense of generosity. It’s nice to see because a lot of towns don’t and Rimbey really pulls together at this time of year to do this.”
Once all the local shoeboxes have been collected, Melanson along with co-worker Sheila Landry will be heading to Calgary where they’ll join hundreds of other ambulances from across the province prior to sending the packages on their way.
Also assisting in the collection was Andrea Henderson, also of the Rimbey EMS.