Loosen your purse strings


Shepparton News - - SN NEWS - By Tay­lah Bur­rows

It might feel a bit early to be think­ing about Christ­mas but a small group of Goul­burn Val­ley res­i­dents is al­ready plan­ning how to bring a smile to chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

Plans for this year’s Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse Gift Box pro­gram are well un­der way and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are in­vited to do­nate to the cause next month.

In­grid Mauger, from Mooroopna, has been work­ing with Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse for about 10 years to put to­gether boxes to de­liver to chil­dren in South-East Asia at Christ­mas.

‘‘The boxes re­quire six things — some­thing to love, some­thing to wear, some­thing for school, some­thing to play with, some­thing for per­sonal hy­giene and some­thing spe­cial,’’ Mrs Mauger said.

The Mooroopna Angli­can Church will host a dessert night on Fri­day, Septem­ber 8, from 6.30 pm for peo­ple to learn more about the boxes, do­nate items or spon­sor a box.

‘‘Each box costs $10 to post and it’s not that ex­pen­sive when you see how far the $10 goes to de­liver the boxes,’’ Mrs Mauger said.

Usu­ally the Greater Shep­par­ton re­gion pro­duces about 1000 boxes for Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, but Mrs Mauger is hop­ing for more.

She said the pro­gram and the boxes brought a lot of joy to peo­ple who had noth­ing.

‘‘The chil­dren are ec­static (when they re­ceive them),’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve watched them take their boxes to their fam­ily and it wasn’t just a joy for the child, it was a joy for the whole fam­ily when the box was opened.’’

● The Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse gift box dessert night is on Fri­day, Septem­ber 8 at the Mooroopna Angli­can Church, Young St, Mooroopna, start­ing at 6.30 pm. For more in­for­ma­tion about the night, phone In­grid Mauger after work hours on 5825 4001.

I love this: The Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse Christ­mas gift boxes are de­liv­ered to chil­dren in South-East Asia.

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