Operation Christmas Child Shoebox collection is happening again this year to bring joy to the lives of little kids abroad.
To get involved in this very rewarding program, it is as easy as deciding if you would like a boy or girl to receive your gift and filling your Samaritan’s Purse box with a variety of gifts that would delight a child.
There are six different gift categories and you need to choose the gifts for each category. A donation of $9 or more covers project costs of organising and delivering the boxes.
The shoeboxes should include: 1. Something to wear 2. Something to love 3. Something for school 4. Something to play with 5. Something for personal hygien 6. Something special
Last year the Goondiwindi community donated 244 shoeboxes and $61 in donations, bringing a lot of joy to kids for Christmas. As Christmas is a time of giving, Operation Christmas Child is a great way to bring Hope and Joy to kids who really need it the most, whether it be from poverty or as we can better understand – a dry year for their crops and/or natural disasters. The shoeboxes are a way that we can show them love.
Globally, over 11.4 million children received a gift-filled shoebox, bringing Good News and Great Joy to a record number of children.
Other projects, including water, sanitation and hygiene; health and nutrition; education and vocational training; people at risk; animals, agriculture and livelihoods; church resourcing; and disaster relief, continue to bless tens of thousands of people due to the wonderful generosity of our supporters in Australia and New Zealand.
With Australia’s support 2016 saw Samaritan’s Purse respond to disasters in Vanuatu, Greece, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Ecuador, Haiti and Northern Iraq.
The Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) recognised Samaritan’s Purse as being in the top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016.
Previously Raelene McDonald has been the co-ordinator for the Goondiwindi area. Raelene has decided to step down from this roll and in her place Justine Williams and Louise McDonald will be taking her place together.
“As I haven’t been in Goondiwindi long I really wanted a chance to be involved in the Goondiwindi community and meet new people. And what a better way than to help young kids at the same time. Justine will be the person to drop your shoeboxes off too in town and if you have any questions or would like some shoeboxes to fill we both can help,” says Mrs McDonald.
Collection and packing day for the shoeboxes is Sunday, October 8, 2017, so please have your shoeboxes in before then. You can contact Justine on 0428 715 707 and Louise on 0439 962 856.