Big Hearts & Big Rig Event

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 by Sherri Petrovich

Samaritans Purse Disaster Relief Big Rig
Samaritans Purse Disaster Relief Big Rig

On Saturday, September 10th we had a really fun and informational event out at Milliken Wesleyan Methodist Church. Inside we had a bouncy castle, hot dogs and other fun activities. Outside, Samaritan’s Purse brought a Disaster Relief Truck (similar to one that they took to Fort McMurray recently) and allowed people to tour it. Samaritan’s Purse monitors weather and other sources and when disaster strikes they get there as quickly as possible to help. Inside the truck we got to see a mock-up of a shelter that is put up for people who have lost their homes in earthquakes, tornados or other disasters. The trailer we saw was also equipped with information on bio-sand water filters that are provided for communities who do not have access to clean water. Also, we learned more about Operation Christmas Child. This is the shoebox program where people fill up shoeboxes and they are taken to children all over the world. Last year (2015) Canadian’s packed 730,000 shoeboxes! Imagine all the children who were so thrilled to receive school supplies, hygiene items and perhaps the first new toy of their lives. If you’d like to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse (founded by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham), please check out their website at Here in the GTA things are gearing up for shoebox season. If you want to learn more about how you can participate please contact Sherri Petrovich, Regional Manager of Operation Christmas Child GTA at

Touring the Rig and learning more about Samaritan's Purse.
Touring the Rig and learning more about Samaritan's Purse.
Operation Christmas Child takes gift-filled shoeboxes to children!
Operation Christmas Child takes gift-filled shoeboxes to children!
This year Canadian gift-filled shoeboxes will go to these countries.
This year Canadian gift-filled shoeboxes will go to these countries.

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