Hearse-say on Xmas joy
IT must be the only time of the year that a fully laden hearse on our roads paints a good picture.
Loaded with hundreds of shoebox-sized gift boxes, a hearse procession makes its way to the Samaritans Purse depot in Balcatta and delivers Christmas gifts ready to be sent to needy children in more than 100 countries.
The hearse procession makes for quite a sight and draws considerable attention to the cause of Operation Christmas Child, according to Simplicity Funerals location manager Ian Taylor.
“When the people get closer they can read what it is, Operation Christmas Child; it has its effect,” he said.
“People see it and report back, ‘I saw your hearse driving down the road, it looked great’.”
Simplicity Funerals’ locations in Mandurah, Joondalup, Kelmscott and Osborne Park are just some of the dropoff points available for people to donate the specially packed “shoe boxes”.
Each box contains Christmas gifts and essentials for a child.
“It’s amazing how in such a little time a lot of people can put a box together that’s got everything that every kid could want, in just a couple of weeks,” Mr Taylor said.
“I think a lot of people who are doing it have really planned it throughout the year.
“Those boxes have got a lot of thought in them: something clean, something to love, something to cuddle, something to play with.”
Although this year’s Christmas presents are already on their way overseas, Mr Taylor urged people to keep charities such as Samaritans Purse front of mind always.
Operation Christmas Child runs year-round and Simplicity Funerals also accepts women’s essentials donations, which are collected and given to West Australian women who are homeless.