Sur­prise gifts lift spir­its of Heart Sis­ters group

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN - Sue Har­ris sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au

MYSTERIES were solved re­cently when Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold ladies gath­ered in the grounds of the Unit­ing Church to re­veal their iden­ti­ties.

Usu­ally the an­nual Heart Sis­ters get-to­gether is held near Valen­tine’s Day, but this year the flood changed many plans and made the car­ing na­ture of the pro­gram even more im­por­tant. Each year par­tic­i­pants re­ceive the name of the per­son who will be their fo­cus – much like Se­cret Santa – and the many creative ways of anony­mously sur­pris­ing Heart Sis­ters are shared when names are re­vealed.

“Heart Sis­ters is a pro­ject of the Mun­dub­bera Unit­ing Church which is an out­reach for the ladies in the com­mu­nity,” or­gan­iser Ruth Vi­cary said.

“The first Heart Sis­ter evening was in 2000 when mem­bers of the St Ge­orge Unit­ing Church in­tro­duced us to the pro­gram,” she said.

“I of­ten hear from par­tic­i­pants who tell me that some­thing from their Heart Sis­ter ar­rived on a day when they were feel­ing re­ally down.

“Know­ing that some­one is think­ing about you and car­ing re­ally lifts spir­its.”

PHOTO: RUTH VI­CARY

HEART SIS­TERS: Lau­rel Wal­lis re­vealed to Des­ley Ren­nick that she'd been the giver of mys­tery gifts dur­ing the past year.

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