Boxes full of Christ­mas joy

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By DAVID RAK

HEATH­COTE’S He­len Wal­lace is pretty keen on shoe boxes.

Ev­ery year she asks strangers to dig through their cup­boards and re­cy­cling bins and pro­vide her with as many empty boxes as they can find.

It might sound like a strange hobby, but He­len and the other gen­er­ous vol­un­teers at St John’s Angli­can Church have good rea­son for their shoe box fix­a­tion.

They col­lect empty boxes and gift items ev­ery year to cre­ate Christ­mas gifts for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren around the globe.

He­len said Heath­cote and dis­trict al­ways gave gen­er­ously to make Christ­mas spe­cial for chil­dren who of­ten go with­out a Christ­mas present.

Peo­ple are wel­come to dec­o­rate the boxes and can also do­nate a range of items in­clud­ing face wash­ers, soap, tooth­brushes, pen­cils, un­der­wear and bean­ies, to fun items in­clud­ing cud­dly toys and balls.

Apart from the ob­vi­ous, such as ex­plo­sives, drugs or al­co­hol, the drive does not ac­cept some items such as lol­lies, food or tooth­paste.

Any­one do­nat­ing items for the shoe boxes is asked to la­bel them ac­cord­ing to their most suit­able age and gen­der so they can be sorted to suit par­tic­u­lar groups.

Do­na­tions should be made to Bud­dies Op Shop on Thurs­days or Satur­days, or they can be de­liv­ered to He­len at 34 Playne St, Heath­cote.

Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the ini­tia­tive is en­cour­aged to at­tend an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at St John’s Angli­can Church on Au­gust 20 at 10am.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact He­len on 0417 921 024.

Pam­phlets re­gard­ing the ini­tia­tive are avail­able at Bud­dies Op Shop and boxes and goods must be de­liv­ered by the end of Septem­ber.

He­len Wal­lace is col­lect­ing shoe boxes for a good cause.

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