Small boxes convey love

Thinking of others: The Kids Club at International Community Fellowship has an early start on Operation Christmas Child. Picture: John VeagePEOPLE at Hurstville last year sent their love to children affected by war, poverty or disaster in shoeboxes — almost 1000 shoeboxes.

This year, the International Community Fellowship at Hurstville has its sights set on on exceeding the 1000 mark.

Work has already started, with kids, families, schools, workmates and community groups filling boxes with goodies as a part of Operation Christmas Child, a worldwide effort organised by Samaritan’s Purse International.

Project co-ordinator Winston Gauder said that last year eight million Christmas gift boxes were distributed in 130 countries.

The idea is to cover an average-size shoebox and lid with colourful paper and fill it with gifts (see ideas below). Because of custom regulations, some items are excluded, such as food, lollies, medicines, vitamins, toothpaste, soft gels or liquids.

Place the boy/girl label on the box and tick the age group of the child. You may include a picture, a drawing or a little message.

If possible, include $9 in a sealed envelope marked “shipping cost”. Drop the boxes at The Community Centre, 91 Queens Road, opposite Hurstville Library, 9am to 1pm on Sundays until November 10.

Details: Dr Gauder, 9773 3812 orhttp://www.icfbetterlife苏州美甲美睫培训/


Something to love: teddy bear, doll, soft toy

Something for school: exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk

Something to wear: T-shirt, shorts, underwear, cap, beanie, sandals, thongs

Something to play with: tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument,

yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, wind up torch (no battery-operated items)

Something for personal hygiene: soap and face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, hair-clips, scrunchies (no toothpaste)

Something special: carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, craft kits, stickers, note or picture of yourself

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