Xmas treats for Pa­cific’s kids in boxes

Manawatu Guardian - - SERVICESDIRECTORY -

Chil­dren in the Pa­cific will re­ceive 58 Christ­mas shoe­boxes filled by Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy staff.

A to­tal of 60 staff con­trib­ute to the Christ­mas boxes.

Co­or­di­nated by Leigh Jewell, this is the ninth year Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy has par­tic­i­pated in the project, and ev­ery year they’ve filled more boxes than the year be­fore.

Last year New Zealand sent 30,000 shoe­boxes to Fiji, Pa­pua New Guinea and Thai­land. Of these, 2000 came from Palmer­ston North.

Vol­un­teer and or­gan­iser Kathy Simp­son says the chil­dren who re­ceive the Christ­mas boxes may never have re­ceived a Christ­mas gift be­fore — and this may be the only gift they will re­ceive in their child­hood.

Each shoe­box con­tains some­thing to love — a doll or soft toy; some­thing to play with — a ball or skip­ping rope; some­thing for school — pen­cils, sta­tionery; some­thing to wear — t-shirt, shorts, undies, cap or jan­dals; a tooth­brush, soap and a

‘The gifts are life chang­ing for the chil­dren who them’ re­ceive

KATHY SIMP­SON face­cloth and some­thing spe­cial — a bracelet, kalei­do­scope, or a photo of the donor.

“The gifts are life chang­ing for the chil­dren who re­ceive them,” says Kathy.

“Chil­dren who don’t have any shoes may get shoes in their shoe­box. Some chil­dren don’t have the es­sen­tials needed to go to school, and sta­tionery is highly val­ued.”

Kathy said that sim­ple items Kiwi kids took for granted rep­re­sented a mir­a­cle for the chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

Broad­way Ra­di­ol­ogy staff with their Christ­mas boxes. From left: Sharon Walker, Leigh Jewell, Abbey Schur­ing and Ali­cia Yates.

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