Xmas treats for Pacific’s kids in boxes
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.