Shoe­box gifts to brighten kids’ Christ­mas

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

The Sa­mar­i­tans Purse project has started col­lect­ing shoe­boxes from across Aus­tralia and New Zealand, filled with toys and gifts for less priv­i­leged chil­dren around the world.

This year the project has been picked up by a Man­jimup day­care group.

Man­jimup day­care owner Raechelle Kelly said she loved the val­ues be­hind the project.

“I thought it was a beau­ti­ful idea, so that’s why I took it aboard. It re­ally re­flects my val­ues of what I want to teach the chil­dren here,” Ms Kelly said. She said this year each fam­ily do­nated one item to make a to­tal of three boxes to give to the cause. “I could just see the chil­dren and the fam­i­lies get­ting so in­volved in it and all the par­ents par­tic­i­pated in the end which was so nice to see,” she said.

The play­group is run through Na­ture Al­liance, which has been a part of this project for the past three years.

Na­ture Al­liance di­rec­tor Sue Robert­son said hand­ing out these boxes was a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When we get to hand out these boxes it’s just lovely to see the look on the kids’ faces when they open the box and see what they got.”

Na­ture Al­liance co-or­di­na­tor Joy Alder said they carry the boxes all year.

“We carry the boxes in our store room all year so if ed­u­ca­tors want to start early they can,” she said.

“We gather them all up by the end of Oc­to­ber and send them to the de­pot from all dif­fer­ent drop-off points to be sent off and ed­u­ca­tors can ac­tu­ally track where the boxes go and show the chil­dren on a map where their gifts have gone.”

Pic­ture: Holly Thompson

Layla Hor­lock, 3, Jorja Muir, 2, Ma­son Bell, 1, Ta­jCa­mus, 2, Remy Phillips, 1, Bex­ley Ba­chos, 3, and Jake Ter­rigno, 3, look through the shoe­boxes they've cre­ated.

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