Shoeboxes are distributed in more than 100 countries. (Contributed)

Shoeboxes are distributed in more than 100 countries. (Contributed)

Maple Ridge fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child

Group plans to fill shoeboxes with school supplies and hand them out to children in Costa Rica

A Maple Ridge group filling shoeboxes with school supplies for children in need in Costa Rica is also hoping to hand them out in person.

The group is part of Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan’s Purse, a national nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.

Last year the group put together more than 700 shoeboxes for children in South Africa and the Ukraine.

They are hoping to do the same for the children in Costa Rica.

If enough money is raised, it would be the first time the 15-member group would be able to travel to hand out the boxes.

Vicki Laleune will be holding a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 2 at 12196 Dunbar St. in Maple Ridge.

Laleune will be accepting school supply donations and is also hoping that people will also take shoe box, fill it up and return it.

Nothing at the garage sale will be more than $5.

For more information go to www.ridgebaptist.ca/missions/operation-christmas-child.