The Landmark Shoebox Store has opened for the season.
Organizer Ina Reimer says she shops for supplies throughout the year to purchase items at the lowest possible cost. Reimer adds she was in Costa Rica and says what kids look forward to receiving there is different than in place like Southeastern Manitoba.
"It's the toothbrush," notes Reimer. "Quite frequently they'll hang onto that toothbrush and hold it up because to them a bad tooth means an extraction, means pain. So those things that we take for granted; a bar of soap. We make sure that the soap that we have in the shoebox drive store are in little plastic containers.Also, if it doesn't float, often it drops to the bottom of the river [if dropped]. Ivory soap and Jergen's soap, they float. So we try to keep those things in mind as well."
Reimer adds they are also providing shoeboxes to the Ukraine for the second year.
"This year we have a lot of winter items because once again we're privileged to shop for the Ukraine," says Reimer. "That's a great thing. We're glad that's happening once again, so we'll have some warmer articles. And those boxes, if anybody is just putting a box together at home and not coming to the store, they need to remember to label it with an extra label. They can find those online at samaritanspurse.ca."
Organizer Karlee Peters adds candy is no longer allowed in the shoeboxes due to border regulations.
Landmark Shoebox Store is open Tuesday's from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday's 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m until November 21 at the Landmark Christian Fellowship Church. Reimer adds if anyone wants to bring a larger group to the store, bookings can be arranged with Lorrie at 204-355-4272.