How a shoebox can change a child’s life
If you have ever wanted to be a good samaritan, here is a great opportunity.
Operation Christmas Child, run by Samaritan’s Purse, provides an opportunity for people to give a gift to a child in poverty.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organisation providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
Kathy Baxendine organises the Matamata collection.
Last year 400 boxes were donated from our community to islands in the South Pacific.
She loves the simple gesture and that something as small as a shoe box makes such a difference to the lives of the children they are gifted to.
‘‘These children don’t have much, it lets them know they are loved and cared for.’’
If you would like to donate, you can collect a box from the Baptist Church during operating hours, or choose an appropriate sized shoe box and fill it with six items for a specific age and gender.
In your box include something to wear, something to love, some- thing to play with, school stationary, a hygiene item and something special or personal, such as an additional gift or photo of your family or a letter.
Avoid anything that can leak, shatter or smash.
You have the option of being able to track your box to see where it gets delivered.
Baxendine is happy to collect completed boxes or you can contact her for further information on 021 209 6430.