Hearse-say on Xmas joy

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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