People in Southwestern Manitoba have started filling shoe boxes with gifts for needy kids.


It's all part of Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse.


Verna Derksen is the program coordinator for Southwestern Manitoba.




Derksen held an open house this past weekend in Brandon and said response was outstanding.


She's hoping to get back 4,500 boxes this year.  The shoe boxes will go to children in South America.