2012 Operation Christmas Child figures in

The organizers of the local Operation Christmas Child campaign have received the final numbers from their efforts of late 2012.

The organizers of the local Operation Christmas Child campaign have received the final numbers from their efforts of late 2012.

Operation Christmas Child works to bring hope and joy to children in desperate situations around the world, through the collection and distribution of gift-filled shoe boxes.

“A couple of weeks ago we received the 2012 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign collection and distribution figures,” said Tarja Nolin, area co-ordinator,  and Gary Cavers, area media relations, in a press release last week.

“It takes a while, after the campaign finishes, to get the final tally.”

In the East Kootenay, volunteers collected and sent away, 4,064 gift filled boxes. The B.C. total was 98,876. Canada’s total was 662,312.

The worldwide total for 2012 was 9 million-plus.

“Incidently, the 20-year worldwide goal of distributing 100 million shoeboxes to kids was met.”

Organizers praised the commitment of the communities who got involved.

“Thanks especially to you, millions of needy children around the world got a big smile on their face.”