Organisers Bruce and Lyn Walker thank Windscreen Professionals’ Andrew Berridge for his long-time support. After the success of last year’s Operation Christmas Child where 455 shoeboxes from Young, Harden and Boorowa reached underprivileged children in other countries, organisers are hopeful of another great effort from the region again this year.

Items to be packed into shoeboxes include:

Something to love (eg a teddy bear or doll); Something to wear (eg hat or t-shirt);Something to play with (eg tennis ball, skipping rope or marbles);Something for school (eg notebook or pencils);Something for personal hygiene (eg soap, washer or toothbrush);Something special (eg a letter and photo of yourself).Anyone interested can pick up brochures and pre-printed shoeboxes from Windscreen Professionals in Lovell Street or the Anglican office in Cloete Street.

People can use their own shoebox (no larger than an A4 page).

Organiser Lyn Walker said many residents from local churches, schools, different organisations and thoughtful individuals have been busy packing special shoeboxes for this inspiring project.

“Not only is a box full of fun and practical items sent to a needy child at Christmas time, but a box full of love and hope which has the ability to impact lives within that community,” Lyn said.

“It is felt not only bythe child receiving the gift, but the community as a whole.

“Imagine the joy of a child who has never received a gift before lifting the lid of a box overflowing with gifts just for them.

“Anyone can get involved by filling an ordinary shoebox (no larger than A4 paper) with specified items which are listed on the brochures.

“The gospel message is also offered with the gift which helps spread the true message of Christmas,” she said.

Packed shoeboxes can be delivered to Windscreens Professional or the Anglican office no later than October 14.

There will be a information morning tea on September 5 at the New Life Community Church on MacDonalds Road, Young.

For more details call Lyn Walker on 6383 9234 or 0428 699 779.

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