Twelve franchises have partnered with communities to collect 2,700 shoe boxes containing toys and essentials

ST. JACOBS, ON – December 23, 2021: Thanks to the efforts of a dozen Northern Ontario Home Hardware retailers and the generosity of their customers and communities, over 2,700 shoe boxes filled with toys and products essentials will be delivered to children in need around the world this holiday season. These efforts are part of Operation Christmas Child – an annual initiative hosted by Samaritan’s Purse.

“We are very proud to partner with the Timmins community and support an initiative that gives back globally,” said Pascal Morin, Dealer Owner of Timmins Building Supplies Home Hardware. “We would like to thank our customers for their incredible response and for helping us support Operation Christmas Child’s mission to bring happiness to children in need this holiday season.

The campaign encourages community members to fill shoe boxes with gifts such as school supplies, hygiene products, toys and clothing. Participating Home Hardware stores collect the filled boxes, then Home Hardware Stores Limited assumes the associated shipping costs to transport the boxes to Samaritan’s Purse in Calgary so they can be inspected and sent overseas.

“Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful way for communities to come together this holiday season to bring joy and hope to children affected by poverty, famine and disaster,” said Frank King, director of relations with media for Samaritan’s Purse Canada. “These shoe boxes are shipped to countries in Central America and West Africa and given to children who have probably never received a gift before. This important work is made possible through Home Hardware, which plays a vital role in making our mission a reality.

Home Hardware Stores Limited has been involved in Operation Christmas Child since 1996. The partnership has expanded to include a network of Home stores that participate in the program each year, with Home Hardware distribution centers helping to coordinate shipping of the boxes.

Thanks to this year’s participating stores:

  • Timmins Building Materials Home Hardware
  • B. Taylor Home Hardware Construction Center
  • Ear Falls Home Hardware Building Center
  • Hearst Residential Construction Center
  • Hornepayne Home Hardware
  • Kenora Home Hardware Building Center
  • Grant Home Hardware Building Center
  • Massey Home Hardware Construction Center
  • Red Lake Home Hardware Building Center
  • Tompkins Home Hardware Building Center
  • Sioux Lookout Home Hardware Building Center
  • Residential Construction Center – Wawa

About Operation Christmas Child

Globally, generous donors in Canada and other countries have provided shoeboxes full of gifts to more than 187 million children in more than 130 countries since 1993. Operation Christmas Child opens the doors doors of Samaritan’s Purse to provide further assistance to children, their families and their communities through safe drinking water, literacy and job skills initiatives, feeding programs, medical care, and more. For more information on how to contribute to Operation Christmas Child, visit

About Samaritan’s Purse Canada

Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization named after the biblical story of the Good Samaritan of Jesus Christ. Like this Good Samaritan, who found a beaten man and helped restore him, we are helping the victims of war, disease, disasters, poverty, famine, and persecution. Our other initiatives include providing clean water, literacy, skills training and more for people in the developing world. Learn more at

About Home Hardware Stores Limited

Home Hardware Stores Limited is the largest hardware, lumber, building materials and home improvement furniture retailer in Canada with nearly 1,100 stores under the Home Hardware, Home Building Center, Home Hardware Building Center and Home Furniture. Founded in 1964 in rural St. Jacobs, Ontario, Home Hardware remains 100% owned and operated by Canadians. Through the Home Hardware network, dealer-owners have extensive distribution and marketing capabilities as well as access to thousands of quality, branded and private label products. Home Hardware Stores Limited has been awarded the designation as one of Canada’s Best Brands and Best Managed Companies and is committed to helping Canadians with all of their project needs. More information about the company is available at

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